|Việt Nam’s literary masterpiece Truyện Kiều (The Tale of Kiều) will appear as illustrations in special edition calendar 2017. — Photo inaz.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam’s literary masterpiece Truyện Kiều (The Tale of Kiều) will appear as illustrations in a special edition calendar to be released in the upcoming new year.
Produced by the company An Hảo, the Truyện Kiều calendar aims to honour the masterpiece written by Việt Nam’s great poet Nguyễn Du (1766-1820), introduce its 3,254 verses to a larger audience and offer a new and unique decorative item for homes on the occasion of the new year.
It consists of 365 pages, each of which has a picture illustrating each paragraph of the poem. The pictures are painted by artist Hữu Hiếu and partners during a two-year period.
The Tale of Kiều, whose original title in Vietnamese is Ðoạn Trường Tân Thanh (A New Cry From a Broken Heart), is an epic poem in Vietnamese and is widely regarded as the most significant work of Vietnamese literature.
Written in lục bát ("six–eight") metre, the poem recounts the life, trials and tribulations of Thúy Kiều, a beautiful and talented young woman who had to sacrifice herself to save her family.
Besides its editions in Nôm and the national language, the poem has been translated into various languages worldwide, including Japan, French, English and German, as well as Swidish, Polish and Romanian. — VNS