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Dear Da-Lê : A Father's Memoir of the Vietnam War and the Iranian Revolution

Dear Da-Lê: A Father's Memoir of the Vietnam War and the Iranian Revolution

Anh Duong, Ashley Da-Lê Duong
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In an intensely revealing memoir written for his Canadian daughter, a man breaks a lifetime of silence about the traumas of his childhood in war-torn Vietnam and his years as a refugee in revolutionary Iran.

Spanning decades and generations, this heartfelt memoir began as a series of letters from a worried father. Anh Duong had witnessed terrible things as a child during the Vietnam War, and later as a refugee in Iran during the revolution of the late 1970s. But like many in the Vietnamese diaspora, he had remained silent about his experiences, believing that trauma was better left unspoken. However, when his daughter became involved in student protests, Duong felt compelled to speak about his own experience of uprisings.

In precise prose, Dear Da-Lê moves along a taut narrative thread that begins with Duong’s birth in 1953 and ends with his arrival, frayed and broke, in Canada in 1980. With surprising moments of hope and tenderness amid brutal divisions, the author creates a coming-of-age story intertwined with the human costs of war and exile. Its revelations are sure to resonate not only with the generation born to refugees of the Vietnam War, but with anyone seeking to understand the lasting, often hidden torments of violent conflict and the healing that can take place in the act of telling.


 


Douglas & McIntyre
ISBN: 9781771624282
Paperback / softback
6 in x 9 in - 320 pp
Publication Date: 21/09/2024
BISAC Subject(s): BIO002020-BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Asian & Asian American,BIO026000-BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Memoirs,BIO002000-BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural & Regional 
 

Description


In an intensely revealing memoir written for his Canadian daughter, a man breaks a lifetime of silence about the traumas of his childhood in war-torn Vietnam and his years as a refugee in revolutionary Iran.

Spanning decades and generations, this heartfelt memoir began as a series of letters from a worried father. Anh Duong had witnessed terrible things as a child during the Vietnam War, and later as a refugee in Iran during the revolution of the late 1970s. But like many in the Vietnamese diaspora, he had remained silent about his experiences, believing that trauma was better left unspoken. However, when his daughter became involved in student protests, Duong felt compelled to speak about his own experience of uprisings.

In precise prose, Dear Da-Lê moves along a taut narrative thread that begins with Duong’s birth in 1953 and ends with his arrival, frayed and broke, in Canada in 1980. With surprising moments of hope and tenderness amid brutal divisions, the author creates a coming-of-age story intertwined with the human costs of war and exile. Its revelations are sure to resonate not only with the generation born to refugees of the Vietnam War, but with anyone seeking to understand the lasting, often hidden torments of violent conflict and the healing that can take place in the act of telling.


 

Details


Douglas & McIntyre
ISBN: 9781771624282
Paperback / softback
6 in x 9 in - 320 pp
Publication Date: 21/09/2024
BISAC Subject(s): BIO002020-BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Asian & Asian American,BIO026000-BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Memoirs,BIO002000-BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural & Regional