[ndlr] Traduction en anglais des mémoires du cinéaste Tran Van Thuy. Présentation de l’éditeur.
The Memoir of a Vietnamese Filmmaker in War and Peace
A Vietnamese perspective on the Vietnam war and its legacies
Trân Van Thuy is a celebrated Vietnamese filmmaker of more than twenty award-winning documentaries. A cameraman for the People’s Army of Vietnam during the Vietnam War, he went on to achieve international fame as the director of films that address the human costs of the war and its aftermath.
Thuy’s memoir, when published in Vietnam in 2013, immediately sold out. In this translation, English-language readers are now able to learn in rich detail about the life and work of this preeminent artist. Written in a gentle and charming style, the memoir is filled with reflections on war, peace, history, freedom of expression, and filmmaking. Thuy also offers a firsthand account of the war in Vietnam and its aftermath from a Vietnamese perspective, adding a dimension rarely encountered in English-language literature.
Source : University of Massachusetts Amherst
[ndlr] Nous vous faisons part de ce message initialement posté sur le Vietnam Studies Group (VSG) après avoir reçu l’aimable autorisation de son auteur, le professeur Eric Henry, grand spécialiste du Kim Van Kieu et de littérature chinoise ancienne.
This is bring to the attention of Mémoires d’Indochine readers the appearance of the memoirs (474 p.) of the documentary film director Trần Văn Thủy, entitled « Chuyện Nghề Của Thủy » or « Thủy’s Professional Affairs. » Thủy wrote it in collaboration with Lê Thanh Dũng, a friend from his childhood days in Nam Định. I have only just started to read the book, but I can see right away that it is full of fascinating detail, both personal and sociopolitical. I regard Thủy as a truth-teller surpassed by none during the past half-century in Vietnam. Among the epigraphs at the beginning of the book are the following words of Phan Bội Châu:
Dân quyền được đề cao thì nhân dân được tôn trọng mà nước cũng mạnh.
Dân quyền bị xem nhẹ thì dân bị coi khinh mà nước cũng yếu.
Dân quyền hoàn toàn mất thì dân mất ma nước cũng mất.
The publisher is NXB Hội Nhà Văn.
Eric Henry, PhD
Senior Lecturer (retired)
Asian Studies Department
University of North Carolina
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