NGUYÊN BINH PHUONG, HANOI TOUT AUTOUR DE L’ÉTHER

Chronique littéraire de Arnaud Vaulerin sur le roman de Nguyen Binh Phuong, Un autre ciel, traduit par Emmanuel Poisson aux éditions Riveneuve. A lire sur le site de Libération.

L’écrivain et colonel publie un roman aérien sur une jeune femme partagée entre deux amours.

Voilà un colonel. Un vrai. Et un écrivain, pas moins vrai. Les deux ne font qu’un. Un auteur curieux pour un roman qui s’échappe étrangement du réel. Sans le dire et presque sans l’écrire. Dans Un autre ciel, Nguyên Binh Phuong raconte l’histoire d’une jeune femme de 26 ans, de Hanoi, qui porte en elle la «complexité de la ville et, parfois, inévitables, les moments de rêve et d’illusion de [son] passé d’étudiante». A première vue, histoire simple, banal récit d’apprentissage d’une invisible dans une métropole d’Asie en ébullition. Puis, d’abord imperceptible, la dérive démarre vers des paysages aux horizons nébuleux et aériens. Cet Autre ciel devient le réceptacle de solitudes urbaines et l’écho des incertitudes humaines. A coups d’éclats visuels, de cristallisations poétiques, de condensés existentiels. La jeune fille tient sa «voix du ciel, sa peau du ciel, ses yeux du ciel. […] Tu n’as pas de nostalgie en ce moment, malgré le vent au sommet des arbres». Le roman se dérobe en voulant se raconter. «C’est très difficile de faire des résumés de mes ouvrages, dit Nguyên Binh Phuong en tentant de définir Un autre cielCe sont les états d’âme d’une jeune fille qui vit à Hanoi et doit faire face à des changements dans sa vie.» Il sourit de cette surprise, de cette impossibilité à pleinement saisir son deuxième roman traduit en France. Ce n’est pas un calcul. «Les idées, les images viennent comme ça, seules. Je réfléchis. Elles sont dans ma tête, elles jaillissent de façon naturelle sans que je fasse de plan, sans que je me l’explique. Je m’assois et j’écris, c’est tout.»

Lire la suite : Libération, 15/02/2019.

Thuy Dinh : Good Scholarship, Bold Scholarship and Bad Scholarship: A Conversation with Professor Liam Kelley

Un entretien intéressant (récent mais non daté) avec Liam Kelley sur la pratique historienne à lire en ligne sur Da Mau Magazine. Nous remercions le Professeur Nguyen The Anh pour le signalement de ce texte.

In his posthumous writing, the Vietnamese historian Ta Chi Dai Truong discussed the ups and downs of his career as well as many issues pertaining to the current state of historical scholarship in Vietnam. He mentioned Liam Kelley, an American professor of history at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, as part of the debate surrounding Kim Định, a French-trained, Vietnamese philosopher-historian who posited the idea that Chinese civilization evolved from ancient Vietnamese agriculturalists, not the other way around. We were able to contact Mr. Kelley and asked his permission for an interview. The following exchange was conducted originally in English and took place over three weeks via email. Professor Kelley, whose Vietnamese pen name is Lê Minh Khải, has graciously provided us with many unique insights in his responses to our questions.

Professor Liam Kelley Liam Kelley received his B.A. in Russian Language and Literature from Dartmouth College, 1989, and M.A. and Ph.D in Chinese history from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1996 and 2001. He is co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Vietnamese Studies. His research and teaching focus on mainland Southeast Asian history and premodern Vietnamese history. He has published a book on envoy poetry (thơ đi sứ), co-edited a book on China’s
Southern frontiers, published articles and book chapters on the invention of traditions in medieval Vietnam, and the emergence of Vietnamese nationalism and spirit writing (giáng bút) in early twentieth century Vietnam. He has also completed English translations of the outer annals (ngoại kỷ) of the Đại Việt sử ký toàn thư and the Khâm định Việt sử thông giám cương mục.

Professor Kelley has also created a website for translations of materials for early Vietnamese history called Viet Texts and he maintains a blog on Southeast Asian history called Le Minh Khai’s SEAsian History Blog. Since 2011, he has been co-developing the Engaging with Vietnam initiative with Professor Phan Lê Hà, also at the University of Hawaii.

Texte complet en docx :

Arrivée de Kim Jong Un à Hanoi en Images

Précédant le président américain Donal Trump dont la venue à Hanoi est prévue demain, le dictateur nord-coréen est arrivé à Hanoi pour cette seconde rencontre au sommet pour la dénucléarisation. Images de Euronews, de l’AFP, VTC News.

Créant le buzz sur la toile, les sosies des deux leaders ont inquiété les services de sécurité vietnamiens et le sosie de Kim Jong Un a été prié de quitter le Viêt-Nam avant la venue du vrai dictateur. Le faux Donal Trump pourra rester “sans apparitions publiques en costume” (AFP).

Vietnam War Documentary Film Launch Invitation

Présentation aux Etats-Unis (Virginie) d’un important projet d’histoire orale sur la guerre du Viêt-Nam. Le premier volet est consacré aux témoignages et à l’analyse de l’ancien ambassadeur de la République du Viêt-Nam aux Etats-Unis.

Vietnam War Documentary Film Launch Invitation

The United States Intervention in Vietnam Through the Eyes of a Diplomat, 1965 1975

Dear invitees,

You are cordially invited to the official launch of the Vietnam War oral history documentary series People and History: The United States Intervention in Vietnam Through the Eyes of a Diplomat, 1965 1975.

Produced between 2013 and 2019, the 15-part, 17-hours Vietnamese-language documentary series interviewed Bùi Diễm, the former Republic of (South) Vietnam Ambassador to the United States from 1967 and 1972, on his perspective of the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War. He shares his memories, reflections, as well as orally annotating and contextualizing several thousand pages of primary sources in his possession. The documentary also taps into Bùi Diễm’s immense knowledge from having lived through some of the most significant historical events and transformations in 20th-century Vietnamese history, American foreign policy, and the Cold War.

The series presents an overarching narrative covering the years from 1945 to 1975. Through Bùi Diễm’s recollections, the documentary series sheds light on an understudied perspective on the Vietnam War—a complicated and controversial historical event that is still imperfectly understood. The series is accompanied by more than 350 pages of Vietnamese transcription and 170 digitized files of original documents. More information on the project, please visit www.vietnamwarohp.com.


The launch will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at 1:00 PM, in Founders Hall Multipurpose Room 125, George Mason University Law School, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201.

Program:

1:00 PM – Greetings

1:30 PM – Opening ceremony

1:45 PM – Introducing guests

2:00 PM – Presentations by Alex-Thai D. Vo and Former Ambassador Bui Diem

2:45 PM – Selective screening

3:00 PM – Q&A

3:30 PM – Film signing by Amb. Bùi Diễm

4:00 PM – Adjourn

Your presence will be greatly appreciated. Please contact the following representatives for further information.

Dr. Nguyễn Mậu Trinh: 301- 461-8490; trinh.nguyenmau@gmail.com 

Mr. Thành Nhân: 301-257-8496; vothanhnhan@sbtn.tv

Mr. Alex-Thái Đ. Võ: 757-318-1661; vietnamwaroralhistoryproject@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

Alex Thái Đ. Võ, Project Leader

Ph.D. Candidate, Cornell University 

Image “à la une” : Bui Diem dans son bureau © DR