Kim Thúy, born in Ho Chi Minh City in 1968, left Vietnam at the age of 10 with her family and other refugees. A political refugee in Canada, she grew up in Montréal where, after a degree in translation and another in law, she worked as an interpreter and lawyer. She later opened a restaurant and worked in food criticism. The dramas of her childhood led her to talk about what she has been through, together with her own people. This led to "Riva", a novel in which a ten year old girl finds herself at the bottom of a bad-smelling boat with the hope of arriving in Malaysia and starting a better life. Her narrative talent was confirmed with "Nidi di rondine" (2014) and "Il mio Vietnam" (2017): here the protagonist is a young girl from a good family, forced to abandon all certainties because of war and go from the quiet bubble she was held in by her parents to the many difficulties of a strange and hostile world, where a trip fraught with pitfalls once again seems to be the only way to salvation.
(photo: © Leonardo Cendamo)