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ISBN13: 9780140298437
ISBN10: 0140298436
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Memories of a Pure Spring is a mesmerizing portrait of modern Vietnam and its people who struggle to survive under the complexities of a post-war regime. During the Vietnam war, Hung, a well-known composer, becomes enchanted by the voice and beauty of a young peasant girl named Suong. He invites her to join his troupe; she becomes his wife and his star performer. But after the war, Hung loses his job, setting off a series of events that drive him and Suong into a destructive spiral. One of Vietnam's most popular writers, Duong Thu Huong draws on her own experiences to describe life at the battlefront, the conditions of a "re-education" camp, and the texture and rhythm, scents and sounds, of a provincial Vietnamese city. Most of all, she tells a haunting, universal story of failed love.

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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cjmalcolm, November 28, 2007 (view all comments by cjmalcolm)
Beautiful and melancholy, Memories of a Pure Spring, is set circa 1979, the period when China attacked Vietnam, 'when the music stopped.' It shows the conflict between Vietnamese Communism and art. Hung, a successful composer, discovers Suong, an opera singer to-be, languishing in poverty. He marries his star. During the war, Hung becomes unemployed while Suong's career prospers, singing for troops and 'up the scale' for the newly formed regime. Pure Spring is a lyrical metaphor for reflecting on memories of simpler times and natural, raw talent. Flashbacks contrast the pre-war elation of love to post-war failed love due to one partner's isolation.The latter is due to rejection by a corrupt new set of political players.
The author's life story of first being a total convert to Communism and then becoming an outspoken advocate for human rights and democratic reform has kept her several observant books banned in her home country. But her evocative books are critically acclaimed abroad. Quite a heroine in her own right!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140298437
Translator:
McPherson, Nina
Translator:
Duong, Phan Huy
Translator:
McPherson, Nina
Author:
McPherson, Nina
Author:
Huong, Duong Thu
Author:
Duong, Phan Huy
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Composers
Subject:
Vietnam
Subject:
Married people
Subject:
Women singers
Subject:
Vietnamese Conflict, 19
Subject:
Family saga
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
2000-07.
Publication Date:
20010131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
7.78x5.12x.69 in. .56 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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