Fake House: Stories

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Seven Stories Press, 2000 - Fiction - 207 pages
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Fake House, the first collection of short stories by poet Linh Dinh, explores the weird, atrocious, fond, and ongoing intimacies between Vietnam and the United States.
Linked by a complicated past, the characters are driven by an intense and angry energy. The politics of race and sex anchor Dinh's work as his men and women negotiate their way in a post-Vietnam War world. Dinh has said of his own work, "I incorporate a filth or uncleanness to make the picture more healthy--not to defile anything."
While Fake House delves into the lives of marginal souls in two cultures, the characters' dignity lies, ultimately, in how they face the conflict in themselves and the world.
 

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FAKE HOUSE: Stories

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A grab-bag of 21 nervy stories portraying Asian and American culture, separately and in conflict, by a Vietnamese poet who spent two decades in the US before returning to this homeland, and is also ... Read full review

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Contents

FAKE HOUSE
FRITZ GLATMAN
THE UGLIEST GIRL
VAL
A CULTURED BOY
UNCLE TOMS CABIN
IN THE VEIN
BOO HOO HOO
BROTHER NEWS FROM HOME
FOR GRISTLES
HOPE AND STANDARDS
CALIFORNIA FINE VIEW
10x50
THE HIPPIE CHICK
WESTERN MUSIC
THE CAVE

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TWO WHO FORGOT
SAIGON PULL
DEAD ON ARRIVAL
CHOPPED STEAK MOUNTAIN
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About the author (2000)

A recipient of a Pew Foundation grant, a David T. Wong Fellowship, a Lannan Residency and, most recently, the Asian American Literary Award, LINH DINH was born in Saigon in 1963 and emigrated to the United States in 1975. An acclaimed and provocative writer of short stories and contemporary fables, he is also the author of several books of poems and a novel, Love Like Hate. Linh has edited the anthologies Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam and Three Vietnamese Poets. His collection of stories, Blood and Soap was chosen by the Village Voice as one of the Best Books of 2004. Linh's nonfiction essays have been published regularly at Unz ReviewLewRockwellIntrepid Report and CounterCurrents, and his blog, Postcards from the End of America (linhdinhphotos.blogspot.com), is followed by thousands of readers. He has also published widely in Vietnamese.


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