Nov 3, 2011

Books on Vietnam: Fiction: Anthologies

Titles available in English
By various Vietnamese / American Authors
Book Category: Fiction: Anthologies

Title: The Other Side of Heaven: 
Post-war Fiction by Vietnamese and American Writers
One of the first American books since the end of the war to include writing by 
contemporary Vietnamese authors, The Other Side of Heaven is something of a sampler 
of good writing from Vietnam. It also includes work from American writers who have
written about that period in American history, including Tim O’Brien, Wayne Karlin, 
Robert Olen Butler, and Bobbie Ann Mason.

Title: Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam
Edited by Linh Dinh
A wonderful collection of writing by some of Vietnam’s best contemporary writers. Linh 
has a quirky taste for fiction and he’s picked some of the edgiest work to come out of the
country today. Highlights include Nguyen Huy Thiep’s “Without a King” and “Nine
Down Makes Ten” by Pham Thi Hoai.

Title: Vietnam: A Traveller’s Literary Companion
Edited by John Balaban and Nguyen Qui Duc
This collection, put together specifically with the traveller in mind, offers a vivid portrait
of Vietnam, from the hectic life of Ho Chi Minh City in the South to the rural villages of 
the Red River Delta in the North. Highlights include Pham Thi Hoai’s hilarious andsurprisingly moving “The Saigon Tailor Shop” and Nguyen Huy Thiep’s “Remembrance
of the Countryside.”


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