Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Nhan returns

Meeting the Vietnamese novelist Nguyen Thanh Nhan
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, Away from Home Season - The story of a Vietnamese volunteer veteran in Cambodia. The book is set in Cambodia between the years 1984 to 1987, when Nhan himself was stationed here, in Battambang province as Vietnam maintained a heavy armed presence in Cambodia to combat the Khmer Rouge and coalition forces. Nhan is a writer and freelance translator and has published novels, short stories and articles in 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.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

andy,

how to read his book online ?
Is it on sell in bookstore in PP?

Nimol

March 10, 2011 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Hi Nimol,
No yet available for sale in bookshops. Nhan got it published himself by Lulu-com and I think you can find out more about the book on that website.
There are plans to have the book re-edited and maybe re-publish using a wider distribution chain. Its a very unique book.
Andy

March 10, 2011 at 1:35 PM  

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