Literature

diaCRITIC Eric Nguyen reviews The Land South of the Clouds, Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith’s newest fiction novel. Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith returns to familiar territory in his second book, The Land South of the Clouds. Readers of his previous book, The Land Baron’s Sun, will be acquainted with many of the...
Reviewed by Karín Aguilar-San Juan. In Body Counts, Professor Yen Le Espiritu accomplishes the task of a lifetime: to put her own life into sociological and historical context without making herself the center of the story. Using the intellectual frame of “critical refugee studies” this book examines the Vietnam War from a Vietnamese refugee perspective.
diaCRITIC Eric Nguyen reviews Phong Nguyen's newest book, The Adventures of Joe Harper. On the first page of his manuscript of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain wrote what could be seen as an outline, moving his beloved character from a small town boyhood to a life abroad and ultimately...
diaCRITICS editor Viet Thanh Nguyen is interviewed by Jeffrey Fleishman on his thoughts on celebrity culture, capitalism, and American imperialism. Originally published by the Los Angeles Times.
Reviewed by Eric Nguyen. Grief is such a common subject in fiction, it’s difficult to make it new. To be fair, it’s a theme fertile for exploration and an experience that is universal. Vi Khi Nao’s newest book, Fish in Exile, fits perfectly into this tradition while also expanding it.
Reviewed by Eric Nguyen. In January 2001, an earthquake struck the Gujarat area of India. In its wake, between 13,805 and 20,023 people were killed, an additional 167,000 were injured, and nearly 400,000 homes were destroyed. It is against this backdrop that Viet Dinh places his meditation on suffering and redemption, a debut novel aptly titled After Disasters.