Vietnam as if... by Dr Kim Huynh.

Vietnam as if... by Dr Kim Huynh.

Bookshelf: Vietnam as if…

The fiction debut of ANU academic Dr Kim Huynh.

Their dramatic everyday lives illuminate some of the most pressing issues in Vietnam today. The Sticky Rice Seller explores gender roles; The Ball Boy is all about the struggles of sexual and ethnic minorities; The Professional examines relations between rich and poor; The Goalkeeper delves into politics and ideology; and The Student reflects upon family and faith.

The stories also reboot several classics of Vietnamese literature for the 21st Century. These include Floating Dumplings by feminist poet Ho Xuan Huong; Vu Trong Phung's satire of French colonialism, Dumb Luck; Nguyen Du's epic account of fate and sacrifice The Tale of Kieu; and the proclamations of Ho Chi Minh.

These novellas reveal the deepest sentiments of Vietnamese youth as they - like youth everywhere - come of age, fall in love and contest their destiny.

This is the fiction debut of ANU academic Dr Kim Huynh and ANU Press.