Crossing the River

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ISBN 978-1-880684-92-4
Publication Date
October 2002
Page Count
360 pages
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.5

Crossing the River

Short Fiction by Nguyen Huy Thiep
Nguyen Huy Thiep

Crossing the River presents a wide range of Nguyen Huy Thiep's short fiction, both realistic stories in contemporary settings and retellings of folk myths that serve as contemporary parables. When Thiep's stories first appeared in the 1980s, they set off a chain of debate, not only within intellectual and political circles, but also within the society at large. Typically, the struggles of his characters were about survival, not survival in the context of war or revolution, but survival in the context of the emotional and psychological strength it takes to live within the harsh confines of post-war Vietnamese society. Thiep captured the emotional quality of Vietnamese life in a way no other author had done, and his importance can be recognized today by his enormous influence on younger writers.
About the Author

Nguyen Huy Thiep, born in Hanoi in 1950, spent much of his youth in rural Vietnam where his mother worked as an agricultural laborer. By 1987, he began to be published in the major literary journals in Vietnam, and during the "renovation" period of 1988, more than 20 of his stories were published. He is widely considered Vietnam's finest short story writer. 

Nguyen Nguyet Cam is a Vietnamese translator. She has taught Vietnamese literature at UC Berkeley for almost a decade, and is currently a PhD candidate. 

Dana Sachs is an American translator and author, who focuses her work on Vietnam. She has written several books of fiction and non-fiction. 

"It is hard for me to imagine having the faintest possible personal, research, collection, or teaching interest in Viet Nam in English in the United States and not owning this book." 

—Dan Duffy, Vietnamese American Studies