Kim Thúy on how “refugee literature” differs from immigrant literature

For almost a decade, Montreal author Kim Thúy, 49, has been writing the same-yet-entirely-different story of a Vietnamese diaspora everywoman, using the events of her own life as a lens to reflect the modern history of an entire nation. Despite the exact parallels to Thúy’s life, that’s not her in Ru, which came out in its original French in 2009, won the French-language Governor General’s award the next year and was shortlisted, in English translation, for the Scotiabank Giller...

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