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Dương Thu Hương Biography | Author of Paradise of the Blind

Dương Thu Hương
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Author Biography

Nationality 1: Vietnamese

Birthdate: 1947

Duong Thu Huong was born in 1947, in Thai Binh, Vietnam, the daughter of Duong Dinh Chau, a North Vietnamese military officer who fought in the communist guerilla army against the French in the 1950s. Duong Thu Huong's mother was Ngo Thuy Cham, a primary schoolteacher. Duong grew up in poverty and as a child often went hungry. She attended an arts college in Hanoi, studying music, dance, and painting. At this time she had no particular interest in literature and no desire to be a writer.

In 1968, during the Vietnam War (1959-75), Duong volunteered to lead a Communist Youth Brigade, an arts troupe that sang and put on theatrical performances for the North Vietnamese troops. She served in this capacity for the next seven years, until the end of the war in 1975, when she traveled south to Saigon. While she was in Saigon she read...

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