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Paradise of the Blind tells the story of three women fighting to maintain their dignity under a government that discards old values and tears families apart. Hang, a young girl growing up in the Hanoi slums, learns the truth about her father's disappearance and death during the era of government-imposed land reform. Meanwhile, Hang's long-suffering mother, a struggling street vendor, watches helplessly as her life is destroyed by the political aspirations of her own brother. And the mysterious Aunt Tam, who has accumulated wealth and bitterness in equal measure, fights for her niece's loyalty - and her future.
Use of Allegory in Paradise of the Blind
Duong Thu Huong - Biographical Information
Dương Thu Hương (1947) has won worldwide acclaim as a novelist. She first wrote professionally as a playwright and screenwriter, was suppressed as a documentarian, issued essays of social critique, and has published poems and short stories. In the space of the last decade, Dương Thu Hương has become the most prolific and most widely-read Vietnamese novelist in the world. Although banned in her native Vietnam since 1991, Dương remains, by the breadth and quantity of her work – eight full length novels, half a dozen short story collections, poetry, essays, and film scripts – one of the most important and most influential voices of her generation. Source: Viet Nam Literature Project
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