Beyond Illusions by Duong Thu Huong
A Novel

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Now available for the first time in North America, Huongs first novel is a brilliantly spun tale of a young woman who marries her professor because she so admires his idealism. When he sells out everything he believes in order to support her, her love goes. Only when they are both beyond illusions can they try again for a real relationship. Deeply lyrical and wholly believable, this early novel is illuminated by the haunting language and unflinching honesty that have led critics to hail Huong.
 

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Published May 21, 1999 by Picador. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Tran seems to Linh everything Nguyen is not, but Tran, who longs for the perks of acceptance (“the white Moscovic car gliding across the courtyard”), is prepared to pay the necessary price.

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Gradually Linh learns that Nguyen, who now works as a journalist, has become a mere hack for corrupt higher officials, lying on cue.

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