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About the Author
Duong Thu Huong, author of Paradise of the Blind and Novel Without a Name (both from Penguin) is an advocate of human rights and democratic political reform, and was expelled from the Communist Party and imprisoned without trial in 1991. The Vietnamese government has effectively banned all of her novels. She lives in Hanoi.
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The loose narrative follows the daily life of Vietnamese soldier, exploring his changing attitudes to the regime he has fought for over the last ten years and his relationships with his family and friends, giving a fascinating insight into what it is to have lived in Vietnam at this time.
The novel is often lyrical and beautiful, but also sickening and shocking in its description of the reality of war, its language and sexual content.
The author is a dedicated promoter of human rights and reform. Her novels have been withdrawn from circulation in Vietnam and this novel's publication caused her to be arrested and imprisioned on false charges of having sent documents containing state secrets abroad. The fact that is novel is on sale in the western world is a literacy and humanitarian triumph for her.
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OK there is no point me going over the Vietnam war ground and issues of communist politics, so many here have done so. Read morePublished on 27 Feb. 2012 by Silver
...when it was a jungle, and not "upgraded" to a rain forest. Duong Thu Huong has written one of the classic, most realistic accounts of the Vietnamese experience during what they... Read morePublished on 26 April 2011 by John P. Jones III
Well worth the read; especially if you have travelled to Vietnam or have friends/family their. The horrors are real and were of course experienced by all sides.Published on 21 July 2000