Past Continuous

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ISBN 978-1-880684-78-8
Publication Date
October 2001
Page Count
190 pages
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.4

Past Continuous

Nguyen Khai

Nguyen Khai's documentary novel, Past Continuous, published in the early 1980s before the "doi moi" policy was introduced, gives a fascinating inside view of North Vietnamese views and strategies during the American War in Vietnam. As the three narrators exchange reminiscences, we not only learn about the inner-workings of the liberation movement, but we also see the tensions that developed afterward in their post-war society. The novel dramatizes the histories, adventures, and emotions of three extraordinary people-- a secret agent, a female battalion commander, and a Catholic priest who supported the revolution. In Nguyen Khai, we have a Vietnamese Graham Greene exploring the revolution through the minds of three very different consciousnesses.
About the Author

Nguyen Khai was born in 1930 in Hanoi. One of Vietnam's best-known writers, he is the author of dozens of novels and short story collections, and a veteran of both the French and American wars. He died of heart failure in Ho Chi Minh City in 2008. 

?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. 

Phan Thanh Hao is a poet and translator.