Distant Road

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ISBN 978-1-880684-61-0
Publication Date
September 1999
Page Count
260 pages
Trim Size
5.4 x 8.5

Distant Road

Selected Poems of Nguyen Duy
Nguyen Duy

Widely considered the most important poet of his generation, Duy began his career as a writer on the battlefields of Vietnam. The power of his highly-crafted poetry stems from its distinct sense of time and place, his unrelenting honesty, and his deep compassion. Born into a peasant family, Duy captures the essence of village life in his poetry. Whether it is love, family, war, present or lost friends, or his own self-mockery, his poetry is infused with an understanding of hardship and suffering. Many of his love poems have become classics in Vietnam.
About the Author

Nguyen Duy is a Vietnamese poet. He left the army in 1976 and worked for the newspaper Van Nghe Giai Phong (Liberation Literature and Arts). Since 1977, he has been the representative of Van Nghe in the South. He was awarded the State Prize in Literature and Art in 2007.

Kevin Bowen and Nguyen Ba Chung co-edited Six Vietnamese Poets, a collection of Vietnamese postwar poetry. Bowen is also the author of multiple collections of poetry, including Forms of Prayer at the Hotel Edison and Playing Basketball with the Viet Cong. They both live in Boston.

"...an extended love poem to Vietnam, and to the enduring nobility of its people."

—New York Times Book Review

"Duy's quietly potent war poems are unforgettable."

—The Boston Sunday Globe

"...the first English translation of Vietnams most prolific and widely read poet..."

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