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Sunday, October 18, 2015


Olliver Wichmann at Mr. Thiet's eatery--Leipzig

Olliver Wichmann in a Vietnamese-owned Chinese eatery. Within a block radius of this, there are two more. With competition so fierce, the food at these joints are generally very good and super cheap. A plate of chicken fried rice here is only 3 Euros, and a large bottle of beer 1.20 Euro. Downtown, a cup of coffee is already 1.80 Euro. Here, it is not entirely enclosed, so you eat with your coat on if it's cold. The proprietor was a contractor laborer who had stayed behind illegally when the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. First, he survived by selling clothes on sidewalks. Mr. Thiết has been in Germany 28 years.


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Born in Vietnam in 1963, I came to the US in 1975, and have also lived in Italy, England and Germany. I'm the author of two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), five of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007) and Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009), and a novel, Love Like Hate (2010). I've been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007, Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology (vol. 2) and Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories From Around the World, etc. I'm also editor of Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (2013). Blood and Soap was chosen by Village Voice as one of the best books of 2004. My writing has been translated into Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and I've been invited to read in London, Cambridge, Brighton, Paris, Berlin, Leipzig, Halle, Reykjavik, Toronto, Singapore and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.