|Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai has released a book on her journeys around the world. — Photo vcmedia.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — In her latest book, author Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai compares herself with a grain of salt in the ocean.
Entitled Hạt Muối Rong Chơi (A Wandering Grain of Salt), the book details her experiences in trips around the world, the stories she was told and what she witnessed.
Stories in the book include “escaping the by an inch in Laos”, “on the alert for being shot in Philippines” and “Australian people falling into oblivion”.
The book was released yesterday at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Hà Nội. Mai talked with the students and shared her experiences in preparing for her journeys.
Poet Nguyễn Quang Thiều, vice chairman of the Việt Nam Writers Association, said he realised that whenever Mai travels to a new land, she doesn’t go as a traveller, or a researcher, she goes there to live life to the fullest.
“She tells what she experienced infatuatedly as she was lost in that place and didn’t want to find the way back,” said Thiều.
Mai currently lives in Belgium with her family. She has written or translated 15 verse and prose books. — VNS