Friday, August 5, 2016

“Văn chương là ngôn ngữ..." (Võ Phiến)

Thành kính phân ưu cùng đại gia đình nhà văn Võ Phiến. Cầu chúc hương linh bác về miền xa thanh tịnh, an lạc, tùy nhiên nhập Pháp giới

Rest in peace, bác Võ Phiến
A towering figure in Vietnamese literature (1954-75 in Vietnam, 1975- ~2000 in the U.S.) has passed away. Võ Phiến was a novelist, an essayist, short story writer, non-genre free writing writer. For his staunch anti-communist stand in some bell tolling articles, his subtle, but direct stories, or sharp analysis, Vietcong had held a price on his head during the 60s.
As one of us refugees, he came to the U.S. in 1975, then worked for Los Angeles as a Retirement Office’s employee, and wrote his stories; completed-- in 15 years--a massive 3000-page literary compilation-and-comment about the 21 year period in the life of the literature of South Vietnam from 1954 to 1975. These works frequently happened in the hours after work for Los Angeles.


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