A man of two faces : a memoir, a history, a memorial / Viet Thanh Nguyen.
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Edition
First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
Description
380 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages [363]-380).
Contents
do you know the way to san josé -- hello, hollywood? -- memory's beginning -- the only kind of model you will ever be -- colonizer and colonized -- white and other saviors -- mixed feelings -- so... where are you really from? -- disremembered -- the american question -- good, bad, and ugly -- the ronald reagan room -- war stories, or your 1980s, episode I -- say my name, or your 1980s, episode II -- all about your mother, or your 1980s, episode III -- the care of memory -- your education -- portrait of the writer as a young fathead -- your own personal archive -- the inventory of yourself -- pilgrimage -- forgetting, deliberate and accidental -- obituary -- memorial -- open secrets -- the end of me -- đâ̕t thánh việt nam.
Summary
"The highly original, blistering, and unconventional memoir by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer, which has now sold over one million copies worldwide. With insight, humor, formal invention, and lyricism, in A Man of Two Faces Viet Thanh Nguyen rewinds the film of his own life. He expands the genre of personal memoir by acknowledging larger stories of refugeehood, colonization, and ideas about Vietnam and America, writing with his trademark sardonic wit and incisive analysis, as well as a deep emotional openness about his life as a father and a son. At the age of four, Nguyen and his family are forced to flee his hometown of Ban Mê Thuot and come to the USA as refugees. After being removed from his brother and parents and homed with a family on his own, Nguyen is later allowed to resettle into his own family in suburban San José. But there is violence hidden behind the sunny facade of what he calls AMERICA TM. One Christmas Eve, when Nguyen is nine, while watching cartoons at home, he learns that his parents have been shot while working at their grocery store, the SàiGòn Moi, a place where he sometimes helps price tins of fruit with a sticker gun. Years later, as a teenager, the blood-stirring drama of the films of the Vietnam War such as Apocalypse Now throw Nguyen into an existential crisis: how can he be both American and Vietnamese, both the killer and the person being killed? When he learns about an adopted sister who has stayed back in Vietnam, and ultimately visits her, he grows to understand just how much his parents have left behind. And as his parents age, he worries increasingly about their comfort and care, and realizes that some of their older wounds are reopening. Profound in its emotions and brilliant in its thinking about cultural power, A Man of Two Faces explores the necessity of both forgetting and of memory, the promises America so readily makes and breaks, and the exceptional life story of one of the most original and important writers working today"-- Provided by publisher.
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Online version: Nguyen, Viet Thanh, 1971- Man of two faces. First edition New York : Grove Press, [2023] 9780802160515 (DLC) 2023022994
ISBN
9780802160508 (hardcover)
0802160506 (hardcover)
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