Vietnamese poet scales top ten list on Amazon
of Mai Van Phan's English-Vietnamese collection Nhung Hat Giong Cua Dem va Ngay
(Seeds of Nights and Day), which is among the top ten of the 100 best-selling
poetry collections from Asia on Amazon
HA NOI (VNS)
— Three bilingual poetry collections by Vietnamese poet Mai Van Phan are among
the top-selling collections of their kind on amazon.com, the poet was informed
by UK's Page Addie Press publisher.
collections in Vietnamese and English titled Ra Vuon Chua Xem Cat Co (Grass
Cutting in a Temple Garden) and Nhung Hat Giong Cua Dem va Ngay (Seeds
of Nights and Day) as well as his Vietnamese-French collection titled Bau
Troi Khong Mai Che (A Ciel Ouvert/ Firmament without Roof Cover) are
among the top ten of the 100 best-selling poetry collections from Asia on
is based on selling reports updated every hour on amazon.com.
believe that our contemporary poetry enjoys an adequate position, while we
integrate with the world," he said overjoyed, adding "Our Vietnamese
distinction is alluring to the international audience of Vietnamese poetry, in
particular, and literature, in general."
born in 1955 in the northern province of Ninh Binh. He has written 21 poetry
collections in Vietnamese, ten of which have been republished many times and
translated into many languages, including English, French and Albania.
introduces Phan as, "The Vietnamese language is emotional, expressive,
precise, symbolic and metaphorical. His poems are rich with memories,
experiences and strong emotions... Mai Van Phan unearths even deeper truth. His
bilingual versions are translated from the poet's original writing, allowing
the reader to see into Mai Van Phan's Vietnam... "
"His words express the value of culture, spirit, traditions and customs of
the Vietnamese people. Here the poet speaks up about the joy and immense
sadness that his people have been through. His poems illuminate and reveal
poverty, diseases, suffering and backwardness, while at the same time capturing
the heart and soul and expressions of the Vietnamese people...," the site
wrote. — VNS