The Cemetery of Chua Village and Other Stories

Trade Paper – $14.95

ISBN 978-1-931896-12-2
Publication Date
January 2005
Page Count
242 pages
Trim Size
5.4 x 8.5

The Cemetery of Chua Village and Other Stories

Doan Le

This seventh volume in the "Voices from Vietnam" series introduces U. S. readers to another major figure in modern Vietnamese letters: Doan Le. Noted for her versatility of style and her originality, she writes tales that are intensely human and universal, exploring such subjects as greed, marriage, divorce, aging and human rights. For the scholar, these stories give insight into Vietnamese culture after the "renovation". For the general reader, these are stories that explore all the subtle enigmas of the human heart. 

As Wayne Karlin notes in his introduction, "[She] is a master of allegory and gently complex satire...her stories can often be fantastical—Sholom Aleichem's village of Helm channeled by Kafka through Our Town—or they can be deeply personal and realistic. In both cases they grow unabashedly from the real vicissitudes of her life."

About the Author

Doan Le was born in 1943. She was one of Vietnam's first film actresses and later became a director. She is the author of a number of critically-acclaimed novels and short stories and is also an accomplished painter.

Rosemary Nguyen is a Vietnamese to English translator living in Renton, WA. 

Wayne Karlin is an author, editor, and teacher. As the American consulting editor for Curbstone's Voices from Vietnam series, he edited and adapted translations of writers from Vietnam. A former professor of language and literature at the College of Southern Maryland, he retired in 2017 after 31 years of service.


"...Doan Le's gorgeous stories, socially astute and suffused with a warm humanity, are great news from Vietnam."

St. Petersburg Times

"A wide range of human emotion—anger, jealousy, delusion, resentment—is depicted in these simple tales." 

MuliCultural Review

"Vietnamese short stories with a fantastical edge and some startling twists and turns."

Seattle Post