Author: Ho Anh Thai
Publisher: National Book Trust
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8123712766
Vietnam is a phoenix. It’s a land of poets and patriots. The stories in this collection throw up images of a fascinating people - their relationships, their encounter with socialism and their new urban life. This collection would leave the reader longing for the fragrance of a vibrant Asian land.
Ninh suddenly recalled an Indian legend he had read long before. It’s about the old and dying phoenix which flies up to a cliff where it makes a nest with twigs and anise gum. At sunset, the bird dies and turns into ashes. From the ashes, a silvery worm appears. When spring comes the worm transmutes into a young phoenix much more gorgeous and vigorous than its progenitor.
Vietnam is one such phoenix. Twenty-five odd years back it was synonymous with the dream of a humane world, free of overarching exploitative structures.
The Traffic Policeman at a Crossroads
The Man Who Pissed on His Own Soul
The Special Dish of Half-Done Goat Meat
The Story of a Folk Painter
The Gorge of Lost Souls
The General Retires
Two Old Men in the Plain of Reeds
Ly Son, The Garlic Harvest
Legend of the Phoenix