Two excerpts from late scholar Vu Dinh Hoe's book Guong Mat Nhung Nguoi Cung The He (Faces of the Same Generation People), published by Tre (Youth) Publishing House
Thang did not think that his wife Mai had suddenly left him, bringing along so many secrets. For many nights, he lay on his side, looking at the high cheek bones on that square face, at those drooping lips and closed eyes of hers and understanding that she was really alive only when those lips opened and smiled.
The story to be told
That morning, a group of marines from the Army of the Republic of Viet Nam (ARVN), from the far side of the Vinh Dinh River, decided to cross the wooden bridge with a view to staging a counter-attack against the 2nd Company of the Liberation Front Armed Forces (LFAF), isolating it before separating it from the 1st Battalion.
A Gift
I arrived in Germany when Christmas was fast approaching. Snow was covering the ground. At night standing on the sky-high buildings and looking down the streets bedecked with brightly lit, coloured lanterns, we could see windows decorated with the twinkling lights.
This small place was used as a studio, a bedroom and a kitchen for three people: Lan, Hanh and her first-grade son Chung. Hanh woke up under her thick cotton blanket.
The Quan Ho Love Duet Singer
We got out of the car at the provincial capital's bus station at dusk. Teachers and students laden with pots, pans, rice and other foods trudged to a village 10 km away.
The 30m-long bus, with passengers packed together like sardines, was inching forward by fits and starts as it made its way along the road during rush hour, before crossing the flyover to enter the inner city.
It was first light in the morning. The dogs were barking deafeningly. Diem got up suddenly and looked out of the canvas tent. There were two dogs. One was black and the other cowhide-colored. She heard someone shouting:
When Mr An passed away my wife cried her heart out. As for me, although I was just an outsider, I had to lean against a pillar, eyes brimming with tears. My heart sank with pity.
A Magical Moon
We were the sappers stationed on Ngam Pass. We had to bear the rain of enemy bombs throughout the night. When the raids were over, we started to mend the road until day broke.
From the first day of the Lunar New Year to the fifteenth, her plate of cakes for visitors had been stayed untouched. That made her remember the hard time in her childhood when she had only dreamt of eating sweet things to her heart's content.

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