No Man's Land

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No Man's Land

By Duong Thu Huong; Nina McPherson (Translator)

Hyperion Books, Paperback, 9780786888573, 460pp.

Publication Date: June 9, 2011

Description

Now in paperback, a mesmerizing novel about a tragic love triangle between three characters whose destinies have been inextricably linked by war, from Vietnam's acclaimed writer and famous dissident

No Man's Land is set in a hamlet in the countryside of central Vietnam immediately following the end of the war in 1975. The novel's plot is set in motion when a young woman, happily married to a successful farmer, comes home one day to find a throng of villagers assembled around her gate. She learns that her first husband, who reportedly died as a martyr and war hero many years back, is in fact alive and has returned to claim her.

Faced with the immense pressure of the community and the Party authorities, who forced her marriage to the soldier on the day he was to leave for the front, she dutifully agrees to leave her second husband and their son to live in a squalid shack with the veteran. This tragic twist of fate gives the novel a powerful narrative drive that makes it Huong's most accomplished work to date.



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.