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A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam
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Catfish and Mandala
A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam

By Andrew X. Pham
1999, 344 pages, Paperback.
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Book Description from Back Cover

Catfish and Mandala is the poignant, lyrical tale of an American odyssey-a solo bicycle voyage around the Pacific Rim to Vietnam-made by a young Vietnamese-American man in pursuit of both his adopted homeland and his forsaken fatherland. Intertwined with an often humorous travelogue spanning a year of discovery is a memoir of war, escape, and, ultimately, family secrets. Written with narrative flair and a wonderful, eye-opening sense of adventure. Catfish and Mandala is an unforgettable search for cultural identity and a moving exploration of memory by a striking new voice in American letters.

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"Thoreau, Theroux, Kerouac, Steinbeck, Mark Twain, and William Least Heat-Moon-- the roster of those who have turned to their travels for inspiration includes some of America's most noted scribes. Now add Andrew X. Pham to the list.... Catfish and Mandala records a remarkable odyssey across landscape and into memory."
-The Seattle Times

"A fresh and original look at how proud Vietnamese on the war's losing side reconciled having their identity abruptly hyphenated to Vietnamese-American."
-Chicago Tribune

"Pham opens readers to the full laws of the human condition on both sides of the world, marveling at spiritual resilience amid irreconcilable facts."
-The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Background on the Author

Andrew X. Pham was born in Vietnam in 1967 and moved to California with his family after the war. Catfish and Mandala is the winner of the 1999 Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize. Mr. Pham lives in Portland, Oregon.

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