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The cover of the art book ‘Ky Mong’ (Diary of a Dream). (Photo courtesy of Kim Dong Publishing House)

Hanoi (VNS/VNA) – One of the most famous poems by the greats of the 18th century
Vietnamese poet Nguyen Du (1766-1820) was published by the Kim Dong publishing house as an art book.

New publication to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the publishing house, the poem Ky Mong (The diary of a dream) is illustrated with poetic lacquer paintings by
Generation Z Painter Niayu.

The verses were composed after the poet, in his dream, found his wife, who had died three years earlier. His grief at being separated from his beloved wife and other inner emotions are eloquently presented throughout the poem.

However, according to literary critics, the verses not only reflect his own emotion and grief, but also the problems and anxieties of society at the time.

The painter Niayu, born in 1997, does not claim to fully understand the great poet.

“In the persistent flow of Vietnamese literature, his poetry has overcome the barriers of time to conquer all generations. His verses always touch my heart. And when I draw, I let myself be carried away by this deep emotion. not paint the characters of his poetry, but his soul. With everything I’ve created, it’s my feeling for the nation’s cultural figure and his poetry,” she said.

The 25-year-old painter, real name Tran My Ngoc, was born in the southern province of An Giang and graduated from HCM City University of Architecture, majoring in graphic design.

Despite her assertion that she does not fully understand the poet and his poetry, publishing house Kim Dong disagrees.

“Niayu definitely has some understanding and feeling of what she read, so she can produce very poetic yet romantic paintings that fit the verses perfectly,” said Vo Thien Huong, publisher’s communications manager. , to the book. launching June 12 in HCM City.

Niayu said she felt great pressure when she needed to present the work in a fresh and creative way while preserving the original spirit of the poem.

“Paintings should reflect Eastern culture but also have their own characteristics so as not to be confused with the works of other painters,” she said.

She says her designs were influenced by the paintings of famous Vietnamese painter Le Pho, as well as VietnamThese traditional lacquer paints.

Le Minh Quoc, president of the Vietnam Writers Association, said he appreciated Niayu because she chose traditional lacquerware as the material for her paintings in the book.

“The medium suits perfectly the verses of the great poet Nguyen Du,” he said.

Poet Nguyen Du was recognized as a world-renowned personality by UNESCO during its 37th General Assembly in Paris in 2013.

His literary masterpiece Truyen Kieu (The Tale of Kiều) is considered Vietnam’s most important literary classic. The masterpiece has been translated into more than 20 languages ​​and is appreciated for its creativity, independent thought and distillation of Vietnamese culture.

On the evening of June 17, a special concert inspired by his literary masterpiece will take place at the Manzi Art Space in Hanoi.

Entitled Moments in The Tale of Kieu, the concert is part of conductor Do Kien Cuong’s composition-performance project inspired by Truyen Kieu.

Featuring outstanding musicians and artists in Vietnam, the concert offers a thrilling adventure blending modern and traditional perspectives in a new adaptation of the epic tragedy.

Artists participating in the concert include cellists Nguyen Chanh and Mai Pham, violinist Thuy Tran, pianist Lavender, guitarist Coco, drummer Zin Nguyen, percussionist Bill Mukang and singer Dattie. Xam (blind busker vocals) vocalist Thu Phuong will also perform.

The concert will start at 8 p.m. at Manzi Art Space, 14 Phan Huy Ich St., Ba Dinh District./.

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