Wednesday, March 9, 2011
I had a pleasant surprise today when I received a phone call from Nguyen Thanh Nhan to say he was in town and could we meet up. So I zipped over to a small restaurant near Russian Market to meet the man who has self-published and translated his own novel in English, The book is set newspapers, magazines and on websites in his own country. This period in Cambodian history is rarely written about and his novel in English is unique. He gave me a hard copy of his book after I'd written on my blog that I wasn't a fan of online reading - he'd originally sent me a draft in pdf format - as Nhan explained that his visit was a short one, his first since he was stationed here, and that he was heading up to Siem Reap tomorrow to meet Aki Ra, the man responsible for the Landmine Museum and who helped Nhan with passages in the book. We also discussed football as he used to be involved with the Vietnam football federation and was interested to hear more about the current football scene in Cambodia.