Vietnam: A Traveler's Literary Companion

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  • Vietnam: A Traveler's Literary Companion
  • John Balaban
  • English
  • 22 March 2019
  • 1883513022

About the Author: John Balaban

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10 thoughts on “Vietnam: A Traveler's Literary Companion

  1. Jenna says:

    This anthology consists of seventeen short stories written by the best Vietnamese writers, at home and abroad, selected and edited by one Vietnamese, Nguyen Qui Duc, and one American, John Balaban Prior to my picking up this collection, I had only vaguely heard of Mr Nguyen, while Mr Balaban was mainly known to me as the translator of Spring Essence , the first book length collection of 18th 19th century Vietnamese bard Ho Xuan Huong s poetry to appear in English Mr Balaban was also on This anthology consists of seventeen short stories written by the best Vietnamese writers, at home and abroad, selected and edited by one Vietnamese, Nguyen Qui Duc, and one American, John Balaban Prior to my picking up this collection, I had only vaguely heard of Mr Nguyen, while Mr Balaban was mainly known to me as the translator of Spring Essence , the first book length collection of 18th 19th century Vietnamese bard Ho Xuan Huong s poetry to appear in English Mr Balaban was also one of the chief figures responsible for a memorably unsavory brouhaha in the Letters to the Editor section of Poetry magazine in May September 2008.Mssrs Nguyen and Balaban have done a respectable job of bringing together a diverse cross section of contemporary Vietnamese short fiction, ranging from sparse 4 page long symbolism laden fables to longer,complex, andmodern works in many modes spanning the gamut from realism to absurdist surrealism and beyond the longest story in the collection, Ms Le Minh Khue s A Small Tragedy, a gruesome Guy de Maupassant esque Thomas Hardy esque story of violent class conflict and ironic karmic retribution, clocks in at 38 pages Having grown up Vietnamese American in an era in which it seemed the only available English language writings about Vietnam were heavily dominated by the U.S military perspective, I found the following lines in the editors Preface highly refreshing In compiling this anthology, we have avoided war stories The Vietnamese condition is too large and complex to see it solely through the dark lens of the recent war, although inevitably the war echoes in some of the tales told here The authors of the tales in Vietnam A Traveler s Literary Companion include writers whose names are familiar to many literate westerners, such as Mr Bao Ninh The Sorrow of War and Ms Duong Thu Huong Paradise of the Blind , as well as writers whom most occidental readers will have never encountered before At first, I was a bit bemused to find that four of the seventeen short stories in the collection are written by the same author a Mr Nguyen Huy Thiep but I was ultimately astonished and delighted to find that Mr Nguyen Huy Thiep s four stories differ tremendously from one another in substance, mood, and style, making him one of the most versatile short story writers I have ever come across and well worthy of such a large amount of space in the anthology Mssrs Balaban and Nguyen Qui Duc refer to Mr Nguyen Huy Thiep as Vietnam s preeminent literary craftsman Being descended from a family with Hue roots, I was disappointed to discover that, whereas the cultures of cities of Hanoi and Saigon are amply explored in this book, the culture of Hue is barely represented sure, there are a couple of stories about the city s ancient imperial culture, but none about its present day inhabitants, their temperaments and personalities Overall, though, I was pleased by the diversity of the stories chosen To my mind, the two best stories here are Ms Pham Thi Hoai s The Saigon Tailor Shop and Mr Nguyen Qui Duc s The Color of Sorrow, both of which impressed me with their penetrating insights into the collective Vietnamese character as well as the effortless seeming lifelike complexity of the imaginary worlds they breathe into existence However, none of the stories are outright bad thoughthan a few are a bit heavily doused in what The Color of Sorrow s narrator refers to as Vietnam s primordial sentimentalism , and reading them all together has a powerful cumulative effect that will leave any open minded reader feeling challenged, entertained, edified, and ultimately satisfied

  2. Patrice says:

    This is a collection of Vietnamese short stories from famous native authors The rhythm of many of the stories is different than Western writing, so one story I just couldn t parse Most, though, were interesting and allowed another glimpse into a fascinating country.

  3. Roger Rohweder says:

    Our tour folks suggested we read this book to understand the soul of the Vietnamese It does make me anxious to visit we leave in just over a week , to see whether it has painted a picture that really succeeded Since many of the stories are quite sad, I hope to find that the 24 years since its publication have been kind to the people of Vietnam I wondered about the translations several read like a poor attempt.

  4. Anne says:

    17 stories And I m looking for insight into the Vietnamese people 7 of these really spoke to me I disliked one a great deal which probably saysabout me than about the story And half were goodish Other reviewers have done itjustice I liked it, didn t love it, but it was a steady, revealing set of short reads.

  5. Joanna says:

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  6. Ron Anderson says:

    Vietnamese proverb Lua thu v ng , gian nan th c Fire test gold, suffering test virtue

  7. William Milks says:

    Collection of short stories by contemporary Vietnamese writers Some are okay Some are straight up strange and experimental.

  8. Kelly Lynn Thomas says:

    Read for my Vietnam Travel Seminar I didn t love all of the stories in this collection, and don t feel that many of them tell me much about the place which is something I would expect out of a traveler s literary companion I actually did try to read this while traveling through Vietnam, but found I didn t have enough time What s , the book is missing some of the places I traveled to and has some odd, generalized categories like rivers and jungles The jungle category kind of make Read for my Vietnam Travel Seminar I didn t love all of the stories in this collection, and don t feel that many of them tell me much about the place which is something I would expect out of a traveler s literary companion I actually did try to read this while traveling through Vietnam, but found I didn t have enough time What s , the book is missing some of the places I traveled to and has some odd, generalized categories like rivers and jungles The jungle category kind of makes sense, as this is a defining feature of the country, but I would have preferred to see region specific stories instead of very vague ones in this kind of collection.Despite my issue with the anthology itself, a majority of the stories are excellent and engaging, and I would highly recommend them as great examples of Vietnamese writers, just don t expect to travel while reading them

  9. Jennifer Collins says:

    The stories here are full of atmosphere, containing some gems of characters and language Each one brings in a different perspective and a slightly different take on location, so there s a great variety within the book, even with the focus on Vietnam and Vietnamese authors The most powerful pieces are actually the ones that have less of a concentration on physical place, though, as these tend to be the stories that evolve withattention to complex characters within the larger social or pol The stories here are full of atmosphere, containing some gems of characters and language Each one brings in a different perspective and a slightly different take on location, so there s a great variety within the book, even with the focus on Vietnam and Vietnamese authors The most powerful pieces are actually the ones that have less of a concentration on physical place, though, as these tend to be the stories that evolve withattention to complex characters within the larger social or political scheme of things.All together, though, this is a step away from the average collection, and certainly something of a trip in itself I d recommend it to interested readers, and I ll certainly be looking upbooks in the Traveler s Literary Companion series

  10. Karla says:

    This collections of short stories by Vietnamese authors was recommended by the organizers of the trip I ll be taking to the area later this year The stories give the readers a glimpse of Vietnam through the eyes of a multitude of different characters, in different places, and during different eras The writing isliterary in feel, which was not unexpected The stories all describe a culture that is rich in history and focused on family I m really looking forward to my trip