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'The Stamp Collector'

TriQuarterly, Vol. 125, p. 159, 2006

11 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2010  

James D. Redwood

Albany Law School

Date Written: 2006


A confluence of circumstances overcomes a Vietnamese-American immigrant with personal memories of the fall of Saigon. Set in California against a backdrop of the battle of Grenada, a Vietnam-War veteran asks Ngo Quang Truong to translate a love letter retrieved from the body of a VC soldier he killed during the war. The amalgam of circumstance including both the contents and container of the letter force Ngo to painfully re-live and remember the tragedies of his life. This short story by author James Redwood tells the story of a man haunted by the past and internal conflicts of loyalty, trust and constancy.

Keywords: Vietnam, Saigon, Grenada, Memory, Flashback, Stamps, Love Letter

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Redwood, James D., 'The Stamp Collector' (2006). TriQuarterly, Vol. 125, p. 159, 2006. Available at SSRN:

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