Khanh Phuong: “Literature gives people a variety of beauty in life”

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Author information: Writer/translator Khanh Phuong, Master of urban and environmental management. Currently working at Ministry of Construction; As a member of the Hanoi Female Literary Translators. She currently have 12 book published so far She has translated many poets and stories and novels of Vietnamese authors with the aim of promoting Vietnamese literature abroad. She travelled 23 countries and whenever she travelled, then at least 1 poetry and a story were invented.

Please share your thoughts about the future of literature. When you start writing? Literary value is a product crystallized from literature, meeting the different needs of human life, profoundly affecting people and life. This is true of the past, present and future. Therefore, the future of literature is still the result of the writer’s process of discovering and interpreting the reality of life, transforming it into the content of the work, and meeting the cognitive needs of the readers. Each person only lives for a certain period of time, in certain spaces with certain relationships. Literature has the ability to break through the limits of existence in the actual time and space of each individual, giving the ability to live the lives of many people, in many times, in many places.

Cognitive value is the ability of literature to meet the requirements of life, to understand life and oneself, thereby effectively impacting to life. Cognitive value is the premise of educational value, educational value deepens perceived value. In addition to the need for understanding, people also have a need for goodwill, a desire for a good life, and a need for love. Writers always express their thoughts – feelings, comments and evaluations in works. That impacts and potentially educates the reader. The real world already has beauty, but not everyone can perceive and feel it. The writers bring beauty into the work, helping readers both feel the beauty of life and feel the beauty of the work. Literature gives people a variety of beauty in life. Literature can describe the beauty of very small and ordinary and also the great things.

I lived away from Vietnam for many years. When I was in some foreign countries, I was very immature. Therefore, I wrote as a habit to relieve the sadness of the days away from home. Then, from time to time, the habit of rewriting stories or poem became my passion, “saving my soul” every time. Then friends accidentally read it, encouraged to publish on newspaper or magazines or books. The first book was introduced by writer Dao Trung Hieu to Literature Publishing House and was approved for printing immediately after appraisal. Since then, I have released an average of one book every 2 year.

The Good and the Bad. Who is winning in nowadays? The market economy and the wave of globalization, literature is given many opportunities to develop in many countries. We know each other more, understand each other better through the international literary bridge between writers and poets. Literature thus becomes more diverse and richer. That’s good point.

However, along with that undeniable progress, literature today, which is a daily product of social life, is not strong enough to defend itself against the corruption, evil and cruel of society such as environmental dangers, educational crisis, war still have no way out; Maybe to some extent there is an impact but is too low compared to humanity’s expectations. It is a weakness that needs to be improved. And who is the winner? Actually, no one wins. In the end, everyone gets hurt. And in life, sometimes the winner is the most vulnerable. Literature is the same, the winner is sometimes the most tearful!

How many books have you written? And where can we find your books?

Books published:

(1) Lovers and other stories;

(2) Men and his love affairs;

(3) What to do when being betrayed;

(4) Love and feeling;

(5) Don’t call me as Sister

(6) Casanova (short stories translated from English to Vietnamese)

(7) Russia memory by General Hieu

(8) Wizard of Poetry (poetry translated from Vietnamese to English)

(9) Appointment with roses (poetry translated from Vietnamese to English)

10. Restless Spring (poem translated into English)

11. River Dance (poem translated into English)

12. Bang Ai Tho – life and career (memoir)

I travelled 23 countries and whenever she travelled, then at least 1 poetry and a story were invented. Most of my books can be found in bookstore, some books via Amazon channels.

The book. E-book or Hardcover book. What will be the future? Not all knowledge and experience can be effectively taught through books. However, in general, books are still the most valuable core means of serving the development mission of mankind. Books are the place where people’s knowledge is stored and thanks to books, that knowledge is spread from person to person, from generation to generation. There is no media that creates a more radical transformation, changing a person’s character than books. That transformative power helps build rich civilizations and beauty of life.

In the 21st century, with the explosion of internet and online media, people worry about the future of printed books. Ebook and online newspapers are on the prominent, however, in the future, printed books still cannot lose their lasting values.

A wish for 2023. I wish in 2023, the literature will be more fruitful prosperity. Especially, wish that we will be the bridge uniting people and can mitigate the bad things, as well as develop more good things! All the best!