Nguyen Ngoc Loi: “I wish to have more good literature works published on the media”

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Επιμέλεια: Εύα Πετροπούλου Λιανού

Μετάφραση: Kieu Bich Hau

His biography: Nguyen Ngoc Loi   

Date of birth: July 15, 1950; Homeland: Quynh Luu, Nghe An province, Vietnam. Published 6 collections of short stories and 2 novels.

Literary Award:

– 4th prize for short stories of Van Nghe newspaper in 2003

– Second prize (no first prize) short story about education in 2010

– Second prize (not first prize) novel about transport in 2013

– First prize for novel of Ho Xuan Huong Literature Prize for the period 2015-2020

– Second prize of the National Committee of the Vietnam Union of Culture and Arts Associations and some other prizes.

The interview was done by Khanh Phuong:

Please share your thoughts about the future of literature. When u start writing? Life is immortal. Men overcome the death, to get rid of suffering through its will… In any situation, people always look forward to the humanity and noble values. To live in peace and love is always a human aspiration. And all that is literature, and that is why literature always exists in life in one or another forms.

In my life I always want to gather small joys, those little things may be nothing compared to others, but it brings me happiness. Back to the teaching profession when the smoke and fire of the resistance against the US had just ended, the memory of the difficult days of bombs and bullets haunted me throughout the life. Then one day, the “hot coal” that had been kept for a long time was unexpectedly aroused and burned. I took a pen to write, and continuously released many volumes of short stories and novels. Novel “Red Blood Blue Stone” published 2019 won the Ho Xuan Huong Literature Prize (2015-2020).

The Good and the Bad. Who is winning in nowadays? I don’t think there will be winners and losers in current literature at present. Literature has only wonderful and not yet good works. The dimension of literary works is expanded, go beyond personal hidden memories, go beyond the present real life, reflecting universal values for people, for humans on a large scale both in space and time will be the literature works which attract readers.

How many books have you written? And where can we find your books? I have published 6 collections of short stories and 2 novels. My short stories have been featured in several countries. And coming time, for my books to reach a wide range of readers around the world, if possible, my novel will be translated into foreign language.

The book. E book or Hardcover book. What will be the future? E-books will be prevailed, at present e-book won and the future it still prevailed. Online literature and online books will attract a large number of readers because of its convenience of technology development.

A wish for 2023. I wish that in 2023 with favorable weather condition, the world will reduce deaths due to bombs and bullets and epidemics. I wish to have more good literature works published on the media.

A phrase from my Novel “Red Blood Blue Stone” “…Feeling of spicy nose. The song that takes him floating in the image of leaving the countryside for new mission. It’s already twelve years. So long twelve years, far away from home. The first year he received a letter from older sister, then disappeared. Sometimes he feels like a lonely boat in the middle of the ocean, like a kite broken its rope floating in the air…”