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"This is a fine novel — interesting and generous, more historical than political, as Sai in his life (much of it as a soldier) crosses the hard roads of war, tradition, and party lines". — Grace Paley

Synopsis:

This epic novel presents a sweeping portrait of war and peace in northern Viet Nam from the defeat of the French to the mid-1980s. The story follows the odyssey of Giang Minh Sai, the son of a Confucian scholar in the rural Red River delta, from his early childhood through his decorated service during the American War and his later efforts to adapt to the postwar world of urban Ha Noi. Through two failed marriages, Giang Minh Sai struggles to come to terms with his responsibilities, his past, and his future. The novel's ending leaves its hero and Vietnamese socialism at a problematic and painful crossroads. In its intricate sketching of complicated alliances, personal debts, and human interactions, A Time Far Past explores the complex layering of family and village history and Party and feudal authority. It also paints a vivid picture of the vast dislocations in Vietnamese culture caused by the political and military turmoil of the Indochina wars.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781558490857
Editor:
Hunt, David
Translator:
Hai, Ngo Vinh
Editor:
Hunt, David
Author:
Le, Luu
Author:
Luu, Le
Author:
Le, Lu
Author:
Hai, Ngo Vinh
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Location:
Amherst :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
History
Subject:
War
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Vietnam
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Vietnamese
Subject:
Epic literature
Subject:
War stories
Subject:
Vietnam History Fiction.
Subject:
Vietnamese -- Vietnam -- Fiction.
Subject:
War & Military
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Series Volume:
95-669
Publication Date:
19970431
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9.55x5.85x1.10 in. 1.32 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This epic novel presents a sweeping portrait of war and peace in northern Viet Nam from the defeat of the French to the mid-1980s. The story follows the odyssey of Giang Minh Sai, the son of a Confucian scholar in the rural Red River delta, from his early childhood through his decorated service during the American War and his later efforts to adapt to the postwar world of urban Ha Noi. Through two failed marriages, Giang Minh Sai struggles to come to terms with his responsibilities, his past, and his future. The novel's ending leaves its hero and Vietnamese socialism at a problematic and painful crossroads. In its intricate sketching of complicated alliances, personal debts, and human interactions, A Time Far Past explores the complex layering of family and village history and Party and feudal authority. It also paints a vivid picture of the vast dislocations in Vietnamese culture caused by the political and military turmoil of the Indochina wars.
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