Against the Flood

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ISBN 978-1-880684-67-2
Publication Date
July 2000
Page Count
360 pages
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.4

Against the Flood

Ma Van Khang

Against the Flood caused a sensation in Viet Nam when it was published in 1999 because of its controversial description of sex and politics in that country. The plot revolves around a writer, Khiem, whose book is banned and who is publicly censured by his contemporaries, while the tangled relationships in his own circle involve drug-trafficking and adultery. His lover, a pretty and intelligent woman, is slandered and sacked from her job and becomes involved in the opium trade. Meanwhile, his wife, a smuggler, has an extramarital affair that results in pregnancy. The novel presents a vivid picture of contemporary Vietnamese society, examining the dramatic tensions inherent in a changing society, and is imbued with the themes of friendship, love, and betrayal.
About the Author

Ma Van Khang was born in Hanoi, Vietnam. He is the author of several novels and the winner of the 2012 Vietnamese State Award for literature and the arts.

Phan Thanh Hao is a poet and translator.

Wayne Karlin is a novelist, editor, and teacher. He was the Professor of Languages and Literature at the College of Southern Maryland until his retirement in 2017.

"Ma Van Khang's Against the Flood is a fascinating window into Vietnamese society 25 years after the end of the Vietnam war." 

—W.D. Ehrhart 

"Themes of integrity, idealism, love, friendship, art, opportunity, corruption, and betrayal run throughout this probing vision..." 

 —Publishers Weekly

"At its core, the book delivers a poetic defense of literature as a tool for uncovering the truth."

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