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‘Chronicles of Village’ – Quyên Nguyễn-Hoàng (Vietnamese)

Quyen Nguyen-Hoang is a writer, translator and art curator born in Vietnam. Her poems and translations have appeared in Poetry Magazine, Jacket 2, the Margins, and various literary anthologies. She is a Stanford University graduate, a 2020 PEN/Heim Translation grant recipient and a winner of the Winter/Spring 2022 Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation. She is pursuing a PhD at Stanford University.

Chronicles of a Village is set in an anonymous Vietnamese village based on the author’s personal memories. Written in vibrant fragments that resemble prose poems, the novel combines the author’s melodious style of oral storytelling with historical micro-narratives and mythological elements. The book takes the reader through ancient legends, love stories, marvellous nature, war tragedies and modern alienation, which constitute the beauty and ‘the fatal historical disabilities of a land.

Quyen spoke about her rendition of ‘Chronicles of a Village’ Translated from a Vietnamese novel written by one of the prominent writers from Vietnam, Nguyen Thanh Hien, in this episode.

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