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Behind the Red Mist: Short Fiction by Ho Anh Thai
by Ho Anh Thai
edited by Wayne Karlin
translated by Qui Duc Nguyen
Northwestern University Press, 1998
Paper: 978-1-880684-54-2
Library of Congress Classification PL4378.9.H47P513 1998
Dewey Decimal Classification 895.922334


Behind the Red Mist gives us for the first time in English a wide range of stories from the most important writer of the post-war generation in Vietnam. The characters range from a party official who turns into a goat while watching porno movies, to an Indian who carries his mother's bones in his knapsack, to a war widow trying desperately to piece together her life through the fragments of debris she collects from her back yard. The title novella "Behind the Red Mist" is a Vietnamese "Back To the Future", a social satire in which a young man in the Hanoi of the eighties receives an electric shock and is transported back to his same apartment block in 1967 wartime Vietnam during the American bombing. He not only witnesses the war with the eyes of someone who knows its outcome, but participates in his parents' courtship and discovers some truths about the generation held up to his own as a role model.

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