Winner of an English PEN Translates Grant

a virtuosic stream-of-consciousness mapping of the afterlives of diaspora

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June 2022 || Tilted Axis Press || New Directions

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Chinatown is a fever dream, a hallucination, a loop in time and life that Thuân masterfully deploys to capture the disorienting and debilitating effects of migration, racism, and a broken heart in both Vietnam and France. I was completely immersed in this spellbinding novel.”

— Viet Thanh Nguyen

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