Vietnamese refugees reach shore after their boat sank off the coat of Malaysia in the late 1970s. Picture: AFP

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s short story collection, The Refugees, reveals haunting, haunted worlds

With masterful economy and ease, the Pulitzer Prize-winner subverts our expectations of the refugee experience, drawing out not just the buried trauma but also the dreams and hopes of those who leave their homeland and end up ghosts in a new country

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Vietnamese refugees reach shore after their boat sank off the coat of Malaysia in the late 1970s. Picture: AFP
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