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978-0-932729-03-3 / 0932729037

Vietnamese Short Stories: An Introduction

by James Banerian

Publisher:James Banerian

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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Short stories by 10 Vietnamese authors are brought together in this unique collection of contemporary prose. Spanning half a century of literary development, these stories provide an introduction to the works of some of Vietnam's most talented writers of the modern era. VIETNAMESE SHORT STORIES takes the reader into the heart of the country during a period of conflict and transformation. For those who know of Vietnam only through news reports or descriptions by foreign observers, this anthology offers another side of Vietnam through stories of life, love and human struggle as told by the literary artists of that land. Edited and translated by James Banerian, this collection represents a cross-section of some of the Vietnamese cultures' best known authors. The stories present a mosaic picture of both the quality and character of the Vietnamese people. Each story presents a fragment of the everyday lives of many individuals portrayed by the authors in a short story setting. As in life, some stories are hauntingly sad and the endings are not very pretty. Others depict the stark realities of living. Some are sheer joy. Each, in its own way, has a message. VIETNAMESE SHORT STORIES presents the reader with a sense of the emotions, feelings and desires experienced by this ancient culture. Even though the name "Vietnam" has become a household word, it is sad to note that after all these years Americans seem to know so little about Vietnam and the Vietnamese people. Curiously few books are available today on Vietnamese culture, social customs, philosophy and history- materials which might shed more light on the issues of the war and what was really happening to the indigenous population. Rarer still are translations of Vietnamese literature which could tell us more about Vietnam and the subtleties of its culture. Translation is an important part of the effort to preserve Vietnamese culture and customs. Translated works act as an essential vehicle for communication between the Vietnamese and Americans by providing a framework from which the two cultures may understand and interact with each other. VIETNAMESE SHORT STORIES offers the reader a perspective of the culture and people of Vietnam translated from works selected from the luxuriant garden of Vietnamese literature. This is a special book for both casual and serious readers interested in learning more about Vietnam. It is a terrific book for readers just beginning to learn about Vietnam . . . and no collection of books about Vietnam can be complete without it.

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