The Zenith

By Duong Thu Huong; Stephen B. Young (Translator); Hoa Pham Young (Translator)
(Viking Books, Hardcover, 9780670023752, 509pp.)

Publication Date: August 16, 2012

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A major new novel from the most important Vietnamese author writing today

Duong Thu Huong has won acclaim for her exceptional lyricism and psychological acumen, as well as for her unflinching portraits of modern Vietnam and its culture and people. In this monumental new novel she offers an intimate, imagined account of the final months in the life of President Ho Chi Minh at an isolated mountaintop compound where he is imprisoned both physically and emotionally, weaving his story in with those of his wife’s brother-in-law, an elder in a small village town, and a close friend and political ally, to explore how we reconcile the struggles of the human heart with the external world.

These narratives portray the thirst for absolute power, both political and otherwise, and the tragic consequences on family, community, and nationhood that can occur when jealousy is coupled with greed or mixed with a lust for power. The Zenith illuminates and captures the moral conscience of Vietnamese leaders in the 1950s and 1960s as no other book ever has, as well as bringing out the souls of ordinary Vietnamese living through those tumultuous times.




About the Author
Huong is a Vietnam writer raised in a loyal Communist household. During China's 1979 attack on Vietnam, she became the first woman combatant present at the front to chronicle the conflict. She was expelled from the Communist Party in 1989, imprisoned for seven months in 1991 and had her passport revoked by the government in 1995.



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