Memories of A Pure Spring
Baker & Taylor
A lyrical, autobiographical novel chronicles the story of a singer and her composer husband, from the growth of their passionate relationship in the midst of war to its tragic dissolution in war's aftermath. By the author of Paradise of the Blind. 15,000 first printing.
Blackwell North Amer
From Vietnam's most acclaimed writer and dissident, Duong Thu Huong, comes a novel set during and after the Vietnam War.
During the war, Hung meets Suong, a young peasant girl, and is struck by her voice and her beauty. He invites her to join his performing troupe and makes her his wife, opening a world of opportunities for Suong. The two become a team, entertaining the troops with Suong singing Hung's compositions. After the war, however, Hung is forced from his job, setting off a wrenching series of events. Anger and pity drive Suong and Hung apart, and their downward spiral of destruction finally leads to a moving and unexpected climax.
Memories of a Pure Spring draws heavily on the experiences of its author, describing life at the battlefront, the inhuman conditions in a "re-education" camp, and the texture and rhythm, scents and sounds, of a provincial Vietnamese city. At the same time, it tells a simple, universal story of failed love.
An autobiographical novel chronices the story of a singer and her composer husband, from the growth of their passionate relationship in the midst of war to its tragic dissolution in war's aftermath.
New York : Hyperion East, 2000
340 p. ;$c25 cm