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Fake House: And Other Storiesby Linh Dinh
Synopses & Reviews
Fake House, the first collection of short stories by poet Linh Dinh, explores the weird, atrocious, fond, and ongoing intimacies between Vietnam and the United States.
Linked by a complicated past, the characters are driven by an intense and angry energy. The politics of race and sex anchor Dinh's work as his men and women negotiate their way in a post-Vietnam War world. Dinh has said of his own work, "I incorporate a filth or uncleanness to make the picture more healthy--not to defile anything."
While Fake House delves into the lives of marginal souls in two cultures, the characters' dignity lies, ultimately, in how they face the conflict in themselves and the world.
In his first collection of short stories, Dinh explores the weird, atrocious, fond, ongoing intimacies between post-war Vietnam and the United States, introducing characters linked by a common past and driven by an intense and angry energy.
About the Author
The recipient of a Lannan Residency and a Pew Fellowship, poet and fiction writer Linh Dinh is the author of four books of poems and two collections of stories, including Blood and Soap, which was one of The Village Voice's Best Books of 2004. He is also the editor of two anthologies of Vietnamese writers and poets. Awarded a Pew Fellowship in 1993 and a guest of the IPW's Cities of Asylum in 2003, Linh Dinh is an author, poet, and translator. He has written two collections of stories, "Fake House" and "Blood and Soap," been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000(Scribner 2000), Best American Poetry 2004 (Scribner 2004) and Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present (Scribner 2003).
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