Hanoi at Midnight: Stories
Published by: Texas Tech University Press
Imprint: Texas Tech University Press
Sales Date: 2022-11-05
Available: November 2022
216 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
Not Yet Published
Hà N?i and Midnight delineates the complex outpourings of war and the way it remakes our relation to each other.
B?o Ninh?s stories accentuate the gamut of human emotions: nostalgia, anguish, desolation, melancholy, poignancy, and hope. His stories wistfully render pre-war Hà N?i, its peaceful alleys and streets, its courteous residents, and the cozy atmosphere when family members, neighbors, and friends gather around a fire or converse in a coffee shop, as in ?Hà N?i at Midnight? and in ?Reminiscences.?
Juxtaposed with this tranquility and geniality are the abandoned areas and defoliated forests occasioned by American bombardment and the American use of Agent Orange, as in ?An Unnamed Star? and ?A Farewell to a Soldier?s Life.? Images of polluted rivers and streams, the war-torn sky, the pungent air filled with the stench of decomposing human corpses, and the deafening roar of helicopters and bombers hovering in the gloomy sky dominate the settings of B?o Ninh?s stories.
Intertwined with these horrific images are human tears shed during farewell ceremonies, when recruits are separated from their loved ones, when parents live in anxiety and hope at home while their children are fighting in a war in remote regions, and when soldiers bury their comrades and burden themselves with their fallen comrades? unfulfilled wishes.