Behind the Red Mist: Short Fiction by Ho Anh Thai

Behind the Red Mist: Short Fiction by Ho Anh Thai

Paperback Voices from Vietnam

By (author) Ho Anh Thai, By (author) Anh Thoai Hssoo, Edited by Wayne Karlin, Translated by Qui C Nguyen, Translated by Nguyen Qui Duc

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  • Publisher: Curbstone Press,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 230 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 211mm x 18mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 15 September 1998
  • Publication City/Country: St Paul, MN
  • ISBN 10: 1880684543
  • ISBN 13: 9781880684542
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 1,283,621

Product description

Behind the Red Mist gives us for the first time in English a wide range of stories from the most important writer of the post-war generation in Vietnam. The characters range from a party official who turns into a goat while watching porno movies, to an Indian who carries his mother's bones in his knapsack, to a war widow trying desperately to piece together her life through the fragments of debris she collects from her back yard. The title novella "Behind the Red Mist" is a Vietnamese "Back To the Future", a social satire in which a young man in the Hanoi of the eighties receives an electric shock and is transported back to his same apartment block in 1967 wartime Vietnam during the American bombing. He not only witnesses the war with the eyes of someone who knows its outcome, but participates in his parents' courtship and discovers some truths about the generation held up to his own as a role model.

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Author information

One of the Vietnam's most prolific writers and winner of several of its most prestigious literary awards, Ho Anh Thai was published in the leading literary magazines while still in high school. The author of eleven books, he is also a diplomat who served in India and the Middle East. Currently he is an editor for World Affairs Weekly.

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"These stories range from the serious to the whimsical, from the past to the present, from Vietnam to India to England. Imaginative and lively and often startling, they offer thoughtful readers insight into contemporary Vietnamese literature, culture, and society that are both valuable and pleasurable. "Behind the Red Mist" is a delightful book from one of the most accomplished writers of Vietnam's post-war generation." --W. D. Ehrhart