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Heavily criticized when it was first published and subsequently censored by the government, Making a Whore serves as a poignant defense for Huyền, its protagonist, deemed tainted by debauchery. With his uniquely satirical and irreverent tone, Vũ Trọng Phụng sharply exposes societal norms. He challenges the hypocrisy of those who cloaked in moral righteousness have participated in constructing and shaming femininity at the same time.  Now recognized a classic in Vietnamese literature, Major Books is excited to introduce Making a Whore to Anglophone readers.

Making a Whore

From the highly controversial writer, reporter, and satirist Vũ Trọng Phụng, Making a Whore is an exposé of the so-called progressive “Westernized” ideals of sexuality in 1930s Vietnam.

The novel follows the life of Huyền, a young woman born into Hanoi’s upper-class, whose innocent interest in her mother’s pregnancy is kept at arm’s length: “You’ll find out when you get married”, so they say. Lacking sexual education from her family, Huyền turns to her peers for answers, opening up a world of childish whispers about physical pleasure.

As polite society demands Huyền to remain virtuous, she enters into adulthood with both the will to know and the will to suppress a young woman’s burning physical desires. The torments of her sexual frustration spirals Huyền into a life of debauchery, one she might not ever want to turn back from.

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Additional information

Original Title

Làm Đĩ

Author

Vũ Trọng Phụng

Translator

Mai Đinh

Editor

Alina Martin and Dương Mạnh Hùng

Cover Artist

Nguyễn Thanh Vũ

Pages

219

Format

Paperback

ISBN

TBC

Release Date (est.)

September 2024