Love After War

Trade Paper – $19.95

ISBN 978-1-880684-97-9
Publication Date
July 2003
Page Count
450 pages
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.5

Love After War

Edited by Wayne Karlin and Ho Anh Thai

How does the literature of a society that has endured decades of war reflect the echoes of that violence to bodies and spirits while depicting the ordinary lives of men and women who are searching, as all people do, for meaning, for happiness, for normalcy, for love? Love After War presents the widest range to date of contemporary writers in Vietnam, men and women who have become part of that country's established canon, as well as young and up-coming writers who have come of age in modern Vietnam. Their stories, published in the most widely read literary journals, magazines and newspapers in Vietnam, and many translated here for the first time, reveal the relationships and concerns of everyday life, and the erosion and endurance of life in that country.

Contributors to the anthology include Vu Boa, Nguyen Minh Chau, Ngo Thi Kim Cuc, Nguyen Phan Hach, Ma Van Khang, Nguyen Khai, Le Minh Khue, Nguyen Thi Minh Ngoc, Bao Ninh, Doan Le, Ho Anh Thai, Nguyen Huy Thiep, Nguyen Manh Tuan and others.

About the Author

Wayne Karlin is an author, editor, and teacher. He has published three works of non-fiction and seven novels, and his short fiction and essays have been widely anthologized. As 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.

Ho Anh Thai is the author of over a dozen works of fiction. He has been published abroad and translated into over ten languages.  One of the best known contemporary writers in Vietnam, he served as president of the Hanoi Writers' Association from 2000 until 2010. His short story collection, Behind the Red Mist, is available in English.


"...the largest collection of contemporary Vietnamese fiction writers in English translation...magnificent." 

—San Francisco Chronicle

"Opening the pages of Love After War is to discover the rich and fecund earth of Vietnam and Vietnamese literature."

Harvard Review

"Love after War is a brilliantly conceived collection of stories. Without losing sight of the heritage of war shared between Vietnam and America, these stories move our consciousness toward the deeper universal humanity we also share. Many of the writers of Vietnam are world-class artists, and this is the most comprehensive demonstration of that to be found in the English language. Wayne Karlin and Ho Anh Thai have edited and translated a masterful volume that will endure."

—Robert Olen Butler, author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain