Category: Southeast Asian Lit

Black Dog, Black Night: Contemporary Vietnamese Poetry

Black Dog, Black Night is a collection of contemporary Vietnamese poetry, collated and translated by Nguyen Do and Paul Hoover. The collection includes poets from the Vietnamese Writers Association (VWA), which is the government-sanctioned and sponsored writing organization, but perhaps more importantly, it includes… Continue Reading “Black Dog, Black Night: Contemporary Vietnamese Poetry”

Man Tiger by Eka Kurniawan

Upon the publication of Man Tiger, which was longlisted for The Man Booker International prize in 2016, Eka Kurniawan was described as “a powerful new voice on the global literary stage.” This seems a wholly apt description. The book tells the coming-of-age story of… Continue Reading “Man Tiger by Eka Kurniawan”

From the Land of Green Ghosts by Pascal Khoo Thwe

Pascal Khoo Thwe’s memoir, From the Land of Green Ghosts: A Burmese Odyssey is a powerful and powerfully-written representation of Burma just before the war for independence (the rise of Aung San Suu Kyi and establishment of Myanmar). Thwe begins his odyssey as a… Continue Reading “From the Land of Green Ghosts by Pascal Khoo Thwe”