Translated into 29 languages and distributed in 40 countries, the writings of Montrealer Kim Thúy travel the world. After Ru , mãn and Vi , she has just launched her fourth novel, Em .
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Karine Tremblay La Tribune Kim Thúy has already written on love, war and Vietnam. Without ever repeating itself. With Em , she touches this triad again.
The breath of the novel, all in delicacy and finesse, undeniably bears the seal of his gaze. We hear his voice. Poetic, personal. We recognize it from the first pages.
And at the same time, we perceive a different note.
A need to name certain things, perhaps. To go elsewhere. To put the foot and the pen in a war zone. Where humanity bows under bullets and barbarism.
Back in March, freeze on images.
When, in the wake of the first confinement, everyone was sent back to their cocoon and wondered what would be done tomorrow, Kim Thúy spent his nights in yesterday in Vietnam. Literally.
The documentary The Vietnam War (20 hours which tells the story of 20 years of war) lived in her hours after midnight, those that she devotes to writing.
The images, the stories, the confessions: everything bordered on the inexpressible. It was still necessary to find the words to say, to testify, to rock.
“I learned a lot. The more I read about us, the less I understood us. Why do humans need this? Why does he always yearn for more land, more wealth, all the time? “
The question does not call for an answer. It highlights how history repeats itself in different territories, at different times.
“I found some testimonies from soldiers from northern Vietnam, I also had those from the Americans. Everything is so terrible. We realize how right nobody is, in a war, and how much the population pays for the senseless decisions taken by their leaders. “
The facts acted like scratches.
They left scars. Sensitive areas.
“I always try not to be impervious to horror. I'm trying to fight the horror, actually. To counterbalance it with beauty. And there it was difficult. “
More than before.
“I came out a bit damaged. There were awakenings … I was not really able to preserve my innocence at the release of this book. I saw our ugliness. How far we are able to go. I knew, but I hadn't opened the box yet. “
Now it is impossible to close.
“What happened in Quebec last weekend, in Paris, Vienna, Nice; all this news plunges me back into this dark side of the human. ”
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