A.C.I.D. by Bui Anh Phong – Some notes on a debut...
Phong has regarded himself as “Teu”, a hick character from Vietnamese folklore. He feels like an idiot in the city life. In his eyes, everything is new, interesting, but also frightening. He feels himself a “navel of the universe” where everybody constantly looks at. Every move of his seems to be watched and judged by others. The gaze of others becomes his obsession. “Others”, however, are not personalities, but attitudes and, sometimes, challenges and threats. He wants to conform to others, but others are always strangers.