Our first writer for the year that starts on Monday is the poet Nguyen Chi Thien. Thien was the first writer we ever published.
The first guest at Tet reflects the aspirations of a household. Read about Thien in Jonathan Hill’s strip for Viet Nam Literature Comics.
Read our selection from Nguyen Ngoc Bich’s translations of Thien’s prison poems. See Thien’s own account of his life for Viet Nam Literature Project.
Thien’s life and work embody the theme of all the literatures of Viet Nam. We read and write to live beyond illusion.
‘Real life is like a hospital.
They ply you with such bitter drugs
yet cannot cure you of two ills:
forever you have caught desire and hope.’
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