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- Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 288 pages
- Dimensions: 142mm x 221mm x 26mm | 415g
- Publication date: 7 August 2008
- Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
- ISBN 10: 1847671608
- ISBN 13: 9781847671608
- Sales rank: 247,486
A dazzling, emotionally riveting debut collection: the seven stories in Nam Le's "The Boat" take us across the globe as he enters the hearts and minds of characters from all over the world. Whether Nam Le is conjuring the story of 14-year-old Juan, a hit man in Colombia, or an aging painter mourning the death of his much-younger lover, or a young refugee fleeing Vietnam, crammed in the ship's hold with 200 others, the result is unexpectedly moving and powerful. This is an extraordinary work of fiction that takes us to the heart of what it means to be human, and announces a writer of astonishing gifts.
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Nam Le was born in Vietnam and raised in Australia. After working in the law, he moved to America to attend the Iowa Writers' Workshop as a Truman Capote Fellow. His fiction has received the Pushcart Prize and appeared in venues including Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007, Best Australian Stories 2007, Zoetrope: All-Story, A Public Space, One Story and Harvard Review. He divides his time between Australia and the United States.
"* 'From the very first page of The Boat, Nam Le's extraordinary talent, range of vision, and moral courage make the reader sit up and take notice. By the last page, one feels a kind of fervent gratitude - rare enough these days - for having been introduced to a young writer whose mark on the literary world, so freshly made, will only grow deeper in the years to come.' - John Burnham Schwartz * 'Nam Le writes with a rare blend of courage and beauty... Book your passage on The Boat. You will not forget the people you meet on the voyage.' - Chris Offutt * 'The Boat is tremendous, challenging and ambitious, worthy of the same shelf that holds Dubliners and The Things They Carried - like those works, it asks to be read as a whole and taken seriously as a book... this book nails our collective now, our kairos, with an urgency and relevance that feels visionary.' - Charles D'Ambrosio * 'The Boat is an impressive feat, and the debut of a very talented writer.' - Adam Haslett"