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'No Man's Land:' Love, Loss in Vietnam

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'No Man's Land:' Love, Loss in Vietnam

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'No Man's Land:' Love, Loss in Vietnam

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The Vietnamese government has banned Duong Thu Huong's books. Timothy Kasr hide caption

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No Man's Land is the story of love and loss in postwar Vietnam. Michael Sullivan profiles its author, dissident Duong Thu Huong.

The Vietnamese government has banned her books, jailed her for a time and threatened her with worse, she says. But she refuses to accept exile.

"I stay here to be a thorn in their side," the author says. "Because if there is no such thorn, they have too easy a time. My only weapon against this government is my utmost scorn, and I spit in their faces. It's that simple."

Duong Thu Huong's view is not often heard in this one-party, communist nation where the vast majority are careful not to say anything in front of a microphone — much less anything critical.

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