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Slander by Linda Le, Esther Allen
  

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Slander by Linda Le, Esther Allen

Like author Linda Le, the young woman who narrates this novel is from Vietnam and is a writer, a dirty foreigner writing in French. The narrator has distanced herself not only from Vietnamese society but also from her family. Her story is an exercise in clear-eyed fury revealing three generations of a cursed family. The grandfather was a lunatic the family locked away and declared dead to avoid shame; the father is a failed artist and humiliated cuckold; the mother is a simpering beauty consumed with lust; the uncle is declared insane because of his incestuous love for his sister, who hanged herself. The narrator, on the verge of a profound depression ever since her mother told her she was illegitimate, alternates her story with her uncle's journal. In an acid style burning with compressed lyricism and savage irony, these parallel monologues sketch misfortune's family tree. Linda Le, who traveled at age fourteen from Saigon to France with a wave of boat people, is one of the leading young novelists on France's brave new literary scene. Slander is Le's fifth-and most celebrated-novel.

About the Author

Esther Allen is the translator, with Monique Chefdor, of Blaise Cendrars's Modernities and Other Writings (Nebraska 1992).

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Book Info

Publication date

1st June 1996

Author

Linda Le, Esther Allen

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Publisher

University of Nebraska Press

Format

Paperback
160 pages

Categories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780803279636

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