Now in paperback, a mesmerizing novel about a tragic love triangle between three characters whose destinies have been inextricably linked by war, from Vietnam?s acclaimed writer and famous dissident
No Man?s Land is set in a hamlet in the countryside of central Vietnam immediately following the end of the war in 1975. The novel?s plot is set in motion when a young woman, happily married to a successful farmer, comes home one day to find a throng of villagers assembled around her gate. She learns that her first husband, who reportedly died as a martyr and war hero many years back, is in fact alive and has returned to claim her.
Faced with the immense pressure of the community and the Party authorities, who forced her marriage to the soldier on the day he was to leave for the front, she dutifully agrees to leave her second husband and their son to live in a squalid shack with the veteran. This tragic twist of fate gives the novel a powerful narrative drive that makes it Huong?s most accomplished work to date.
?Not since Norman di Giovanni?s rendering of Jorge Louis Borges?s early fiction have I found a foreign story so accessible . . .? —Wall Street Journal
?[A] fascinating foray into little-charted territory . . .? —Kirkus Reviews
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