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Humboldt State University Press Announces the Publication of Võ Phiến and the Sadness of Exile by John C. Schafer
A book I wrote in 2006 became difficult to obtain: Võ Phiến and the Sadness of Exile.
It describes the life and work of Võ Phiến, a well-known writer in Vietnam and also in the exile community. He died in Santa Ana, CA, last September at the age of 90.
But now my book is available again, thanks to Humboldt State University Press which has just issued a second edition and can now be downloaded for free from the web (the whole book or a chapter or a page) or one can purchase a hard copy from Amazon for $14.
Access to online version on Digital Commons Access
to print version on Amazon
Contact: Kyle Morgan, Kyle.Morgan@humboldt.edu
In the first book-length study in English of a modern Vietnamese writer, emeritus English professor John Schafer provides a vital perspective on European colonialism and the revolution to overthrow it, the spread of communism and the attempts to suppress it, and the flight of people across the earth to escape war and political upheaval.
Schafer tells Võ Phiến’s own moving life story—his brief time as a member of the liberation army, his disillusion with communism, his family’s struggle to adapt to a new life in the U.S. Included also are close readings of Võ Phiến’s stories and essays about how war affects humble villagers.
“When water buffaloes fight, flies and mosquitoes get killed.” This proverb speaks to the dangers of living where political and military battles of the major powers take place. We hear the buffaloes’ perspective, but rarely that of someone like Võ Phiến who grew up in Bình Định, a province that was a battleground for a quarter of a century. “Võ Phiến’s achievement,” Schafer says, “was that he took country characters, ordinary people who were not heroic or physically attractive, and made readers see beauty in them.”