Tale of Kieu’s Russian version released

The People’s Committee of Ha Tinh Province and the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences jointly released a Vietnamese-Russian edition of Truyen Kieu (The Tale of Kieu) in Hanoi on November 6.

Truyen Kieu, a masterpiece of Vietnamese classic epic poetry by the great Vietnamese poet Nguyen Du was translated into the Russian language based on the revised version by Professor of Literature Nguyen Thach Giang, which has been reprinted seven times in Viet Nam since 2013. The project aims to mark the 250th birth anniversary of the author and UNESCO’s recognition of Nguyen Du as a world cultural celebrity in this year.

The translation project was carried out by Russian and Vietnamese translators, including experts in Vietnamese and Russian studies, such as MA of Literature Nguyen Huy Hoang, translators Doan Tu Huyen and Vu The Khoi, poet Vasili Popov and Associate Professor of Linguistics Anatoli Socolov.

The epic poetry is the first transcribed into prose in Russian language. After two revisions, the work was translated and compared the prose version.

Translators hope the translation can still have poetic essence and the artistic beauty of the most significant work of Vietnamese literature.
Truyen Kieu has the most number of translations in more than 30 languages. The classic literature is a unique work containing verses which are divided into hundreds of short poems.

The literary masterpiece tells a tragic tale of a woman of great beauty and talent whose fate turns tragic. The young lady named Vuong Thuy Kieu is forced to sell herself to save her family, even though she is very learned. She overcomes many hardships in a lifelong pursuit of her doomed lover Kim Trong.

Truyen Kieu is a unique work that has created a ‘Kieu culture’ such as telling of fortunes from a text of the Kieu story and writing of poetry inspired from the tragic life of Thuy Kieu.
Nguyen Du, also known as To Nhu and Thanh Hien, was born in 1765 to a noble family in Thang Long ( Hanoi ).

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) chose the great Vietnamese poet Nguyen Du among other world famous personalities at its 37th General Assembly in Paris in 2013.

Poet Nguyen Du has been recognized by UNESCO for his Truyen Kieu (Tale of Kieu), a masterpiece of Vietnamese classic epic poetry.
He was also recognized by the World Peace Council as one of the world’s cultural celebrities in 1965.

By Mai An – Translated by Kim Khanh

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