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Book by Dinh Linh
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"A sort of Vietnamese Edgar Allan Poe for 21st centurylyric qualities infuse Dinh's short fiction." - Susan Balee, Philadelphia Inquirer "The total effect of Blood and Soap is impossible to describeIt owes a certain dept Joege Luis Borges, but uses Borgesuan metafiction and genre-bending to depict a sense of absurdity confusion, and displacement peculiar to being a contemporary world citizen." - Brooklyn Rail
"At once caustic and humorous, harshly critical and nostalgic, Dinh's overview of his homeland is unfailingly honest."--"Booklist"--
Poet and short story writer Dinh's debut novel portrays his native Vietnam from the war through the end of the twentieth century. The tale centers on Kim Lan, who owns the Paris by Night restaurant in Saigon; her husband Hoang Long, an army enlistee who is gone for years at a time; and their daughter Hoa, whose relationship with the leader of the punk band Love like Hate symbolizes the country's growing modernity.
With wry humor,
Praise for Linh Dinh:
“[Linh] Dinh’s abrupt epiphanies mix A.D.D. with Thoreau’s economy, Calvino’s globe-trotting, and a pungent eroticism reminiscent of Kawabata’s Palm-of-the-Hand Stories.”—The Village Voice
“[Linh Dinh’s Blood and Soap] owes a certain debt to Jorge Luis Borges, but uses Borgesian metafiction and genre-bending to depict a sense of absurdity, confusion, and displacement peculiar to being a contemporary world citizen.”—Matthew Sharpe, The Brooklyn Rail
“[Linh] Dinh reveals a refreshing sense of utter irreverence and experimental fun.”—AsianWeek
Protagonists Kim Lan and Hoang Long marry in Saigon during the Vietnam War, uniting in a setting that allows Linh Dinh’s dark, deadpan humor to flourish. Describing his mushrooming cast of characters in unsentimental and sometimes absurd ways, Dinh embraces contradictions with the surreal exuberance of Matthew Sharpe and the stylistic élan of Italo Calvino.
A recipient of the Pew Fellowship, the David T. Wong Fellowship, and the Asian American Literary Award, Linh Dinh is the author of two collections of stories, Fake House and Blood and Soap; and four books of poems, All Around What Empties Out, American Tatts, Borderless Bodies, and Jam Alerts. He is editor of the anthologies Night, Again and Three Vietnamese Poets. Love Like Hate is his first novel.
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