American author to speak about Vietnamese spy’s mysterious life
"The Arc of Phạm Xuân Ẩn’s Mysterious Life" is the title of a talk to be given by American author Larry Berman from 7pm to 8.30pm on October 21 at Salon Saigon on 6D Ngo Thoi Nhiem Street in District 3.
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The power of Pham Xuan An’s story was driven by a dream for the future of Vietnam. His life spanned colonialism, war, peace and reconciliation, according to Berman, who wrote about An in the book titled A Perfect Spy.
Berman will discuss a number of quesions: What goes on in the heart of a spy? Can a spy truly have friends? How does a spy decide between loyalty to mission and loyalty to friends? How did the most heralded spy of the war become a key part of the reconciliation process between former enemies, admired by friend and foes alike? What can be learned about the psychology of espionage from the life of Pham Xuan An? VNS