Book Introduction: “Nostalgia from the Subsidy period”

Book Introduction: “Nostalgia from the Subsidy period”

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IF Hanoi

Opening: Thu 16 Aug 2018, 6 pm
Exhibition: 13 – 31 Aug 2018, 9 am – 8 pm (longer opening hours on event nights at L’Espace)
Talk show: Sat 18 Aug 2018, 9 pm
24 Trang Tien, Hanoi

From L’Espace:

You are invited to the exhibition and talk show on the occasion of the book launch for “Thương nhớ thời bao cấp” (“Nostalgia from the Subsidy period”).

Bringing together proverbs, idioms, rhymes and even store signs… from the era, “Nostalgia from the Subsidy period” brings readers back to a unique chapter in the history of Vietnam. It portrays the society back in the day, marked by a policy of subsidy and distribution affecting every aspect of a particularly difficult daily life, where people only have access to essential items: face towels, dried fishes, floral shorts, or a rice ‘checkbook’, etc. – which were all a permanent concern. Yet, and this is what the book demonstrates so well, all the while projecting a sharp and strangely peaceful glance towards these living conditions, and the people who faced the situation with humor, and sometimes even with a surprising joy.

Free entry

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Translated by Hanoi Grapevine

IF Hanoi
Institut Français de Hanoi – L’Espace
24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội
Tel: (84-24) 39 36 21 64
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