The Stars, The Earth, The River
Short Stories by Le Minh Khue
The Stars, the Earth, the River contains an excellent introduction by the translators, grounding the stories in Le Minh Khue's personal history. You simultaneously feel the rage of the author and the narrator when Khue disparagingly notes that the conversations around her center on luxuries, motor scooters, and business deals. Of what use, these stories ask, is such suffering? How can a culture honor the losses of war?
Praise For The Stars, The Earth, The River: Short Stories by Le Minh Khue…
"[Khue] gives us a rare insider's look at Vietnam." —The Colombus Dispatch
"[Khue's] stories convey with a rare combination of compassion and objectivity the dual nature of a grievously damaged country and its people's stoic resilience." —Kirkus Reviews
Curbstone Books, 9781880684474, 232pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 1997
About the Author
Wayne Karlin is a novelist, editor, and teacher. He was the Professor of Languages and Literature at the College of Southern Maryland until his retirement in 2017.
Bac Hoai Tran is a writer and Vietnamese language professor. He is the author of several conversational Vietnamese textbooks.