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Vietnamese novel to be published in US

Update: September, 13/2017 - 09:00
A draft design of the novel Đất Trời Vần Vũ (The Heaven and the Earth in Tumult). The 340-page book, written by novelist Nguyễn Một, is scheduled for publication in the US. Photo courtesy of Nguyễn Một
Viet Nam News

ĐÀ NẲNG — The Song Magazine plans to publish a work by novelist Nguyễn Một in the US.

The author said the 340-page novel, Đất Trời Vần Vũ (The Heaven and the Earth in Tumult), which has been translated into English, will be his second novel to be published in the US. His first, Ngược Mặt Trời (Journey Against the Sun), was translated into English and published in the US by the Song Magazine in 2015.

He said the novel, which was published in Việt Nam in 2009, won Prize C at a novel competition held by the Việt Nam Writers Association for work published from 2006 to 2010.

The novel depicts a long journey towards the south. It also expresses the obsession of death, love and animosity, and fierce images of wars.

The author was born in 1964 in Duy Xuyên District in the central Quảng Nam Province. His parents died during the American War.

He left his native land for the southern province of Đồng Nai after the country’s reunification in 1975. He worked as a teacher at a primary school from 1983 to 1997, and a journalist for Tiền Phong (Vanguard) newspaper in 1998-2007.

He has been working for Trường Hải automobile company since then.

He joined the Việt Nam Writers Association in 2006 and has written over 10 novels.

The latest novel is in final completion to be published in the US soon.

Writer Trần Thu Hằng wrote in the book’s foreword: “The death of characters in the novel resurrects the past so vividly that readers can feel an obsession of life and love.”

Writer Nguyễn Đức Thiện commented: “His novel recalls the tumult of Đồng Nai Province in the past through different characters’ fates and personalities. The novel also features complicated societal issues.”

Journalist Trần Đình Thu added: “The novel is not for weak-nerved readers as they could not read the horrible tragedies of different characters related to wars, love and hate.” — VNS

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