Nguyen An Lý

Nguyen An Lý

Nguyen An Lý lives in Ho Chi Minh City, translates books mostly from English to Vietnamese, and co-edits the online open-access Zzz Review.

Chinatown

Fiction by Thuân

Translated from the Vietnamese by Nguyen An Lý

An abandoned package is discovered in the Paris Metro: the subway workers suspect it’s a terrorist bomb. A Vietnamese woman sitting nearby, her son asleep on her shoulder, waits and begins to reflect on her life, from her constrained childhood in communist Hanoi, to a long period of study in Leningrad during the Gorbachev period, and finally to the Parisian suburbs where she now teaches English. Through everything runs her passion for Thuy, the father of her son, a writer who lives in Saigon’s Chinatown, and who, with the shadow of the China-Vietnam border war falling darkly between them, she has not seen for eleven years.…
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