Late author Vo Quang,children's books
Themes of friendship, love and dreams, with highlights about Vietnamese culture and lifestyle, are featured in children's books by the late author Vo Quang, a leading writer of contemporary literature. His books have been reprinted by the Kim Đồng Publishing House to celebrate the author’s 100th birthday anniversary. — Photo courtesy of the publisher

The publication celebrates the author’s 100th birthday anniversary.

The books include Những Truyện Hay Viết Cho Thiếu Nhi Của Võ Quảng (The Best Stories for Children by Vo Quang), Quê Nội (Fatherland) and Truyện Đồng Thoại Võ Quảng (Stories of Animals by Vo Quang), which were selected from many of the writer's books. 

All of the books feature the themes of friendship, love and dreams, with highlights about Vietnamese culture and lifestyle. The natural world, animals and plants are also featured. 

The novel Quê Nội was first published by Kim Đồng Publishing House in 1974. It tells the story of Cục, a boy from Quang Nam’s Hoa Phuoc Village, the writer’s homeland, who lives during the nation’s August Revolutionary period in 1945. 

The work is in praise of patriotism, bravery and honesty. Urban life, love and family are also highlighted. The book was translated into French and Russian by Alice Kahn and Inna Zimonina, respectively.

“Vo Quang’s children books are still fresh today. They provide young readers with knowledge about Vietnam’s history and culture. Through his writing, readers can improve their mind and character,” said literary critic Le Nhat Ky.

 

Author and translator Quang was born in 1920. He took part in the resistance war against the French from 1935 and 1941, and was a member of the Communist Party of Vietnam, and moved to work in the north after 1954. 

Quang was a founder and former director of Kim Đồng Publishing House, and also a member of the Vietnam Writers' Association. 

He began his writing career in 1954 after his first short stories and poems for children were released in Quang Nam.

He wrote more than 30 fiction books, and many short stories, poems and screenplays for theatre and films. His famous books, including Cái Mai (The World of Mai) released in 1967 and Vượn Hú (Screaming Apes) released in 1993, are about children and their points of view. 

Readers call Quang the “Mark Twain of Vietnam” because his children books feature magical adventure stories. Many of his works have been reprinted several times, attracting millions of young readers from different generations. 

Quang passed away in Hanoi in 2007. He received the Government Prize in Literature and Arts, the highest-ranking award of its kind in the country.  VNS

Book collection honours children's author

Book collection honours children's author

Kim Dong Publishing House has released a book collection with novels, poetry, short stories and literary studies to mark the 100th anniversary of Vo Quang (1920-2007) who was a children's writer.