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Blood and Soap by Linh Dinh

Blood and Soap

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Blood and Soap by Linh Dinh
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May 04, 2004 | ISBN 9781583226421

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“A sort of Vietnamese Edgar Allan Poe for the 21st century . . . lyric qualities infuse Dinh’s short fiction. So does a mordant sense of humor, and an immigrant’s unceasing sense of not quite fitting in: not here, not there, not anywhere. . . . Death crosshatches these pages, too, but like a punch line more often than not. In my favorite story, ‘What’s Showing?’, Dinh parodies film reviews. His versions have the Tarantino trick of making you grin when you should wince.” –Susan Balée, Philadelphia Inquirer

“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.” –Matthew Sharpe, Brooklyn Rail

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