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In 1979, Nam Le's family left Vietnam for Australia, an experience that inspires the first and last stories in The Boat. In between, however, Le's imagination lays claim to the world.

'The Boat raises the bar for Australian writing.' Peter Craven, Heat

'Nam Le is . . . a disturber of the peace.

'Consider the subjects of his stories: a child assassin in Colombia ('Cartagena'), an ageing New York artist desperate for a reconciliation with his daughter ('Meeting Elise'), a boy's coming of age in a rough Victorian fishing town ('Halflead Bay'), before the first atomic bomb falls in Japan ('Hiroshima'), The suffocations of theocracy in Iran ('Tehran Calling'). This astonishing range is topped and tailed by accounts of the uneasy reunion of a young Vietnamese writer in America with his ex-soldier father, and by the title story – the escape of a group of exhausted refugees from the Vietcong in a wallowing boat.

'One might be permitted to think, after all this high seriousness and intensity, Nam Le can't do funny. But this criminally talented 29-year-old can do that as well.' Barry Oakley, Australian Literary Review

'Stunning'
The Times

'A fearless new Australian voice that accepts no geographical limits: these are stories of leaping power and the most breath-taking grace and intimacy.' Helen Garner

'Wonderful stories that snarl and pant across our crazed world . . . an extraordinary performance. Nam Le is a heartbreaker, not easily forgotten.' Junot Diaz

'The fiction debut of the year.' James Ley, Australian Book Review

'The best book debut of 2008.' New York Magazine
'The runaway literary success of 2008.' Weekend Australian

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143009610

    March 2, 2009

    Penguin (AU Adult)

    336 pages

    RRP $24.95

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  • EBook

    9781742284781

    March 2, 2009

    Penguin eBooks (AU Adult)

    336 pages

    RRP $22.68

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Also by Nam Le

Love and Honour and Pity and Pride and Compassion and Sacrifice:Penguin Specials

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Uncommon Type
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Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View
Nabokov's Dozen
Trickery
Common People
Australia Day
The Dinner Party
Motherhood
The Complete Stories
Home
Russian Emigre Short Stories From Bunin To Yanovsky
Wedding Stories
The Man and His Bike
Work Suspended And Other Stories
Just an Ordinary Day PMC