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About the Author
THUAN(Doan Anh Thuan) was born in 1967 in Hanoi. Chinatown is her twelfth novel and her first to be translated into English. She is a recipient of the Writers' Union Prize, the highest award in Vietnamese literature.
Nguyen An Lý lives in Vietnam and co-edits the online, independent, open-access Zzz Review. Her translations, mostly from English into Vietnamese, include works by authors such as Margaret Atwood, Kazuo Ishiguro, George Orwell, and Amos Oz.
Chinatown is a fever dream, a hallucination, a loop in time and life that Thuan masterfully deploys to capture the disorienting and debilitating effects of migration, racism, and a broken heart in both Viet Nam and France. I was completely immersed in this spellbinding novel.--Viet Thanh Nguyen
Thu?n, in her English-language debut, delivers a powerful examination of a woman's remembering and forgetting....Comprised of a single, breathless paragraph interrupted only by the occasional excerpt from I'm Yellow, her novel in progress about a man who leaves his family, Thu?n's tightly coiled narrative paints a portrait of a woman desperately trying to make sense of her past ("You must forget in order to live," she claims). As the woman's thoughts spin round and round, Thu?n draws the reader ever closer to the question at the core of the novel: Is it actually possible to forget in order to live? This heralds a remarkable new voice.-- "Publishers Weekly"
[A] delightfully prickly and defiantly inscrutable act of resistance: against simple narratives, against our aversion to what we don't understand, and against anything soullessly practical.--Chelsea Leu "Astra Magazine"