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Thomas A. Bass : Censorship in Vietnam – Brave New World

[ndlr] Parution du nouvel ouvrage de Thomas Bass sur une des clés du fonctionnement de l’Etat-Parti vietnamien. A ne pas manquer.

What does censorship do to a culture? How do censors justify their work? What are the mechanisms by which censorship—and self-censorship—alter people’s sense of time and memory, truth and reality? Thomas Bass faced these questions when The Spy Who Loved Us, his account of the famous Time magazine journalist and double agent Pham Xuan An, was published in a Vietnamese edition. When the book finally appeared in 2014, after five years of negotiations with Vietnamese censors, more than four hundred passages had been altered or cut from the text.

After the book was published, Bass flew to Vietnam to meet his censors, at least the half dozen who would speak with him. In Censorship in Vietnam, he describes these meetings and examines how censorship works, both in Vietnam and elsewhere in the world. An exemplary piece of investigative reporting, Censorship in Vietnam opens a window into the country today and shows us the precarious nature of intellectual freedom in a world governed by suppression.

This is an eye-opening, disturbing, sad, and altogether fascinating account of censorship in contemporary Vietnam. Even more than that, Thomas Bass introduces us to a number of brave Vietnamese poets and fiction writers who have endured almost unimaginable hardships merely for expressing the humane values that most Americans take for granted. —Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried

Thomas Bass’s account of his struggles with censorship in Vietnam is the most detailed I have encountered. It helps explain why history as a discipline is in such a sorry state in Vietnam. The past is a minefield, like the landscape.—Hue-Tam Ho Tai, author of The Country of Memory: Remaking the Past in Late Socialist Vietnam

Thomas A. Bass is the author of seven previous books, including The Spy Who Loved Us (2009) and Vietnamerica: The War Comes Home (1996). He is a Professor of English and Journalism at the State University of New York, University at Albany.

Réf. : Thomas A. Bass, Censorship in Vietnam: Brave New World, Amherst, MA, University of Massachusetts Press, 2017, 248 p. ISBN: 978-1-62534-295-9

Censorship in Vietnam – Press release

Censorship in Vietnam – Advance reviews

Vietnam’s concerted effort to keep control of its past

ThomasBass_DiepVienZ21_KeThuTuyetVoiCuaNuocMy[ndlr] Article de Thomas Bass sur la censure de son ouvrage The Spy Who Loved Us paru en vietnamien en RSVN sous le titre : Điệp viên Z21, Kẻ thù tuyệt vời của nước Mỹ.

Thomas A. Bass is an investigative reporter who teaches English and journalism at the State University of New York at Albany.

Five years ago I began an experiment — not of my own devising — to study censorship in Vietnam. In 2009, I signed a contract to publish one of my books in Hanoi. Called “The Spy Who Loved Us,” the book tells the story of Pham Xuan An, Vietnam’s most celebrated journalist during the Vietnam War. (He ended his career as bureau chief for Time magazine in Saigon.) Only after the war did we learn that An had received a dozen military medals as a communist spy and served as North Vietnam’s deadliest secret weapon.

One might think that a book about a “Hero of the People’s Armed Forces” would be published in Vietnam without difficulty, but nothing is published in Vietnam without being censored. For five years, I watched people nip and tuck my book. When a translation was finally published in 2014, I flew to Hanoi to meet my censors — at least the half-dozen who would talk to me. These were the good guys, the brave ones, who were willing to acknowledge the situation. Behind them stood the faceless phalanx that operates throughout Vietnamese society.

My censors, several of whom doubled as my editors and publishers, apologized for what they had to do. They hoped things would improve in the future, but as Vietnam and China throw an increasing number of journalists, bloggers and other writers in prison, the tide is flowing in the opposite direction. This is why I decided to commission an accurate translation of my book and publish side-by-side editions of both the censored and uncensored versions. These texts were released online in November, with the international organization Index on Censorship releasing more material this week.

What did the censors cut from my book?

Lire la suite : The Washington Post, 01/02/2015.

Voir aussi la publication en ligne non censurée sur le site pro&contra de Pham Thi Hoai :