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Praise for Linh Dinh:

"The total effect of Blood and Soap is impossible to describe. . . . It owes a certain debt to Jorge Luis Borges, but uses Borgesian metafiction and genre-bending to depict a sense of absurdity, confusion, and displacement peculiar to being a contemporary world citizen."-Brooklyn Rail

"[Linh] Dinh's abrupt epiphanies mix A.D.D. with Thoreau's economy, Calvino's globe-trotting, and a pungent eroticism reminiscent of Kawabata's Palm-of-the-Hand Stories."-The Village Voice

"Dinh reveals a refreshing sense of utter irreverence and experimental fun. A definite must-read."-AsianWeek

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st half century. Protagonists Kim Lan and Hoang Long marry in Saigon during the Vietnam War, uniting in a setting that allows Dinh's dark, deadpan humor to flourish. Describing his mushrooming cast of characters in unsentimental and sometimes absurd ways, Dinh embraces contradictions with the surreal exuberance of Matthew Sharpe and the stylistic lan of Italo Calvino.

A recipient of the Pew Foundation grant as a poet and fiction writer, Linh Dinh is the author of four books of poems and two collections of stories, including Blood and Soap, which was one of The Village Voice's Best Books of 2004. He is also the editor of two anthologies of Vietnamese writers and poets.

About the Author
A recipient of the Pew Fellowship, Linh Dinh is the author of two collections of stories and four books of poems, and he edited two anthologies of Vietnamese writers and poets. Blood and Soap was one of the Village Voice's Best Books of 2004.

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