He has been described as “criminally talented” and now, he has picked up yet another award.
Debut author Nam Le had already won several Australian prizes as well as the the £60,000 Dylan Thomas prize for his collection of short stories, The Boat. Now the fiction editor of the Harvard Review, who came to Australia from Vietnam in 1979, has won Australia’s richest literary prize, the $100,000 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for fiction.
Le’s collection has won accolades all over the world, with critics claiming his work goes well beyond another interesting take by an ethnic minority writer. His scope is broad – from teenage contract killers in Columbia, to the voice of a little girl in pre-bomb Hiroshima to a refugee boat adrift in the South China Sea. His themes are varied although the parental-child relationship is fertile ground for him in a number of the stories. He has been praised for both his technical skill and his ability to allow the reader to breathe.
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