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The three fates--now three Vietnamese "princesses" in France--were spirited away as little children by their powerful grandmother when Saigon fell to the communists. Now the two sisters and their cousin await the arrival of their father and uncle, still marooned in his little blue house in the old country. "Leave King Lear alone, I'd told my cousins," our principal narrator (an intellectual who has lost a hand) informs us: "They had neglected him for twenty years and now they were conspiring like a pair of Cordelias to bestow one last joy on the old monarch: he hadn't asked for it." From a luxurious home in the French countryside, his two daughters (the elder, very pregnant and restlessly cooking and eating, kept company by her long-legged and icy younger sister) plot to drag their father halfway around the world - away from his poverty and from his only friend and the grilled eels they happily devour together - to flaunt their success. Scathingly unsentimental, The Three Fates transposes Shakespearean tragedy into a contemporary idiom and a decidedly different culture. A sharply vivacious book about "the bitch of fate," The Three Fates--like a witches' pot on the boil--brews up from displaced lives a darkly funny and agitated concatenation.
New Directions Publishing Corporation
June 29, 2010
5.1 X 0.6 X 7.9 inches | 0.4 pounds
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About the Author
Linda Le was born in Dalat, South Vietnam in 1963, and moved to France with her mother, grandmother, and three sisters in 1977. One of the most celebrated authors in Paris, she has published a dozen books.
Mark Polizzotti is the translator of more than thirty books from the French. His articles and reviews have appeared in The Wall Street Journal and The Nation. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.