Literary Scandal

This is a totally interesting literary scandal. There is no better kind, in my opinion.

Quick recap: A novel supposedly written by a Vietnamese immigrant won an award in the Czech Republic, where the book was published. Suspicions were raised and eventually it came out that it was written by a Czech native, and a fairly well-known author to boot.

Issues raised: Why did Cempirek feel the need to lie about who wrote the book? Authenticity vs. imitation. Would the Vietnamese community still embrace the book if Cempirek had claimed to be the author in the first place? Very interesting stuff!


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