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Flowers from Hell/Hoa Dia-Nguc (Lac-Viet Series, No 1) (English and Vietnamese Edition) 2nd Edition
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Meanwhile, back in the USA, the Vietnam War is over, and immigrants seeking asylum from the Communists are beginning to swell in numbers. Some few were here since the 1960s, remaining at universities while their homeland was blown apart armed by the superpowers (Russia & China, and America & western Europe). Huynh Sanh Thong, a professor at Yale University, was one of these scholars. He had translated the poems of Ho Chi Minh into English, but now (1982) was faced with a photocopy of the manuscript the young dissident had brought to the British Embassy pleading to send them to the free world. The poet, Nguyen Chi Thien, was arrested outside the gates and brought to the Hanoi Central Prion (Hanoi Hilton) and it was not known if he were alive or dead. In reality, he was in between that state, for he suffered 12 more years imprisonment, 8 of them in solitary confinement, in leg stocks, for his poetry.
James Scott, director of Yale University's Council on Southeast Asia Studies, published professor Thong's translations with the original Vietnamese verses as Vol. #1 in the Lac Viet Series (Lac Viet is the original name of Viet Nam)in 1984.Read more ›
extraordinary courage, dignity, and poems resounding in fighting the dark [Communism and its lies, in his case]
"Mens hearts are complicated things: Unhappy, they should blame themselves, not life. Tu Thuc once strolled and lost his way: Leaving the world, he reached peach blossom springs." from 'Sundry Notes' by Nguyen Chi Thien The latter is at the beginning and the book just keeps you turning pages and getting better. To read it is to be illuminated.