Congaï. Harry Clay Hervey.
Congaï
Congaï

Congaï

New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1929.

Reprint. Hardcover. Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket. Item #14039

Light tone, 1930 owner's signature, otherwise light wear; Dust Jacket light rubbing, small edge tears, otherwise light wear. Solid hardcover. ; Rather prescient and striking novel of a Eurasian woman, Thi-Linh, in colonial French Indochina, Vietnam. "CONGAÏ, subst. fém. [Au temps de la colonisation] Femme annamite; en partic. compagne indigène d’un européen." - Congai is word used for Vietnamese woman, particularly one who is the local mistress of a European. This Grosset and Dunlap reprint was published in 1929, copyright 1927, after the success of the 1928 Broadway play from the novel. An "exercise of Orientalism as a critique of Western society ... [Thi-Linh] a Eurasian beauty abandoned by her French father, loves a boy from her village but becomes mistress to a series of French colonial officials in Saigon. The victim of sexism, racism and colonialism, Thi-Link watches in horror as her son was conscripted to fight in the senseless slaughter of World War I. She was a third world heroine ... unfairly used by the men of the white empires and an object of sympathy to audiences who might not otherwise question the ethics of empire building." - David Luhrssen; Mamoulian: Life on Stage and Screen; page 39. Written by screenwriter and author Hervey after an extended visit to Indochina to write for Cosmopolitan Book Corp and McCall's Magazine. Uncommon in its striking unsigned dust jacket design. ; (vi), 320, 8 ad pages.

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