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David Payne

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Referencing Granta’s once-in-a-decade collections of “writers under 40”, Wild Mustard: New Voices from Vietnam presents short stories from nineteen Vietnamese writers born between 1969 and 1980. Seven of the authors are women, including the three highest-profile writers in the collection, Nguyen Ngoc Tu, Do Bich Thuy and Di Li.

Wild Mustard follows on from previous Curbstone publications in the 1990s and early 2000s that brought Vietnamese writers of the wartime and postwar generations to an English-speaking audience. This collection focusses on Vietnam in the new millennium, through the works of authors from what is called the “7X” generation in Vietnam; those born in the 1970s, who grew up during the difficult postwar years of the subsidy era and came of age in the first decade of doi moi, or renovation.

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