Memories of a Pure Spring by Duong Thu Huong

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This novel tells the story of a singer and her composer husband and explores their relationships passionate growth in the midst of war. Huong vividly depicts the betrayal she and a generation of Vietnamese artists and writers experienced after the war: the conditions inside re-education prison camps, and the corruption at the heart of the new regime they brought to power.

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Duong Thu Huong, author of Paradise of the Blind and Novel Without a Name (both from Penguin) is an advocate of human rights and democratic political reform, and was expelled from the Communist Party and imprisoned without trial in 1991. The Vietnamese government has effectively banned all of her novels. She lives in Hanoi.
Published January 19, 2000 by Hyperion East. 340 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, War, Romance, History. Fiction

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In a complex and initially confusing divided narrative, Huong explores the interrupted careers and embattled marriage of eminent composer Hoang Hung and his (younger) wife Suong, a peasant girl from the mountains of central Vietnam whose innate musical ability earns her fame as “the nightingale w...

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