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Vietnamese writer to receive literary prize at Frankfurt Book Fest

Update: July, 19/2018 - 16:29
Scribe: Writer Nguyễn Ngọc Tư is announced as the laureate of the Literaturpreis Prize 2018 for the German translation of her book Cánh Đồng Bất Tận (Endlose Felder). — Photo vov.vn
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HÀ NỘI — Writer Nguyễn Ngọc Tư was announced as the laureate of the Literaturpreis Prize 2018 for the German version of her book Cánh Đồng Bất Tận (Endless Field), she told Việt Nam News on Thursday.

She will receive the prize at the Frankfurt Book Festival in Germany, which runs October 9-14.

Cánh Đồng Bất Tận is a collection of short stories, translated into German by Gunter Giesenfeld and Marianne Ngo. It’s about the lives of people in the Mekong Delta and features the severity of rural life through the eyes of a girl.

Each year, the Literaturpreis Prize honours an author from Africa, Asia, Latin America or the Arab world. It originated 30 years ago.

Tư was born in 1976 in the southern province of Cà Mau, where she still lives. The book Cánh Đồng Bất Tận is her most famous work and was adapted to the movie titled Floating Lives, which premiered in 2010 and was directed by Nguyễn Phan Quang Bình.

In the jury’s verdict for the Best List, it said Tư’s work was “a desirable story that is narrative and concise".  — VNS

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