Professor Mai Quoc Lien recently won the Balaban Award, which is
presented annually to individuals who contribute significantly to
preserving the Nom and Han-Nom ancient scripts. He speaks with Thuy
An about the study of classic Vietnamese literature.
Several decades ago, at the time of the August Revolution, a movement
against superstition was launched and the shrine was abandoned and
covered by water hyacinths.
After graduating from the University of Natural Sciences with a BSc
degree, he worked for the provincial Centre of Pharmaceutical Materials
in a far-away district. Then he was transferred to that school thanks to
the support of his father-in-law, its headmaster.
Walking while thinking often resulted in his running into something
that left a scar. This time, he ran into a tree. It was a very big tree
with hard bark. A cut on the forehead, a broken nose as a result….
Since the moment Thuong left home, exactly two years, three months and
sixteen days had elapsed. The last time her husband had seen her at home
was March 27.
He walked along the abyss, trying to catch a panoramic view of the area.
Out of the blue sky, the dark clouds were driven away by the wind,
revealing a wet valley down below. Terraced fields unfolded before him.
A famous Korean writer in his eighties, still vigorous in spite of his
age, he and his wife made an appearance at every international writers'
forum, the old couple walking in together, leaning on each other.
For the time being, I have to take shelter in a church in the Dakar
diocese thanks to the spiritual care and protection of Father Frank
Johnson. In his opinion, I need to be saved by somebody from another
country as soon as possible.
Through the ups and downs of his life, he had finally learned that, even
if a bit late. Besides, he had no relatives to turn to. With children
by his side, he felt relaxed. He had worn the mantle of a successful but
lonely man for a decade now….
It was the end of autumn. It was cold. Bridge lamps shed a dim light on
the black water. The thug tried dropping a big stone onto the waterway
and heard a thud from below. The water must be stagnant and thick, he