De hemel boven Vietnam



[PDF / Epub] ☂ De hemel boven Vietnam ✐ Dương Thu Hương – E17streets4all.co.uk Een oude man, die de president genoemd wordt, is in gedwongen retraite op het Vietnamese platteland Ooit was hij een belangrijk, machtig man die het land moest leiden Nu verzinkt hij vaak in overpeinz Een oude man, die de president genoemd wordt, is in gedwongen retraite op het Vietnamese platteland Ooit was hij een belangrijk, machtig man die het land moest leiden Nu verzinkt hij vaak in overpeinzingen en dwalen zijn gedachten af naar vroeger Herinneringen aan zijn jeugd borrelen op vaak zijn die mooi, maar soms ook vol schaamte en verdrietDe oude man herinnert zich hoe hij langgeleden hopeloos verliefd werd op een jonge vrouw met wie hij zijn leven wilde delen Maar zijn partijgenoten lieten dat De hemel eBook Í niet toe Hij was immers de vader van de natieDuong Thu Huong vond de inspiratie voor het personage van de oude man in het leven van Ho Chi Minh.De hemel boven Vietnam

D ng Thu H ng b is a Vietnamese author and political dissident Formerly a member of Vietnam s communist party, she was expelled from the party in , and has been denied the right to travel abroad, and was temporarily imprisoned for her writings and outspoken criticism of corruption in the Vietnamese governmentBorn in in Thai Binh a province in northern Vietnam, D ng came of age just as the Vietnam War was turning violent At the age of twenty, when De hemel eBook Í she was a student at Vietnamese Ministry of Culture s Arts College, D ng Thu H ng volunteered to serve in a women s youth brigade on the front lines of The War Against the Americans D ng spent the next seven years of the war in the jungles and tunnels of Binh Tri Thien, the most heavily bombarded region of the war Her mission was to sing louder than the bombs and to give theatrical performances for the North Vietnamese troops, but also to tend to the wounded, bury the dead, and accompany the soldiers along She was one of three survivors out of the forty volunteers in that group She was also at the front during China s attacks on Vietnam in during the short lived Sino Vietnamese War However, in the period after Vietnam s reunification in , D ng became increasingly outspoken and critical about the repressive atmosphere created by the Communist government Upon seeing the conditions in the South compared with the North she began speaking out against the communist governmentD ng moved to Paris in In January , her latest novel, nh Cao Ch i L i, was published it was also translated into French as Au z nith.

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10 thoughts on “De hemel boven Vietnam

  1. says:

    This novel was first published in 2009, translation copyright 2012 by Stephen Young and Hoa Pham Young It is an anguished account of a much lauded government leader who is surprised to find the country he thought he was leading has turned into something else without his awareness The ideals of the party, the movement, has been corrupted in practice, all while he was concentrating on consolidating the revolution.D ng Thu H ng was once one of Vietnam s most respected novelists Most of her wor This novel was first published in 2009, translation copyright 2012 by Stephen Young and Hoa Pham Young It is an anguished account of a much lauded government leader who is surprised to find the country he thought he was leading has turned into something else without his awareness The ideals of the party, the movement, has been corrupted in practice, all while he was concentrating on consolidating the revolution.D ng Thu H ng was once one of Vietnam s most respected novelists Most of her work has been censored in her home country and was originally published in the 1980 s and 90 s outside of Vietnam Once a proud communist, she was expelled from Vietnam s Communist Party in 1989 because of her criticisms about what the government had become This novel, beginning with a highly imaginative and sympathetic fictional account of the death of H Ch Minh in a remote mountain outpost where he was imprisoned, is contrary to fact There are a number of other threads in the novel, but I admit I found it difficult to follow From the cover copy we learn that H had a very young mistress wife in some accounts who was killed by Communist party bosses, H s underlings Citing this novel and interview testimony of D ng Thu H ng, Britain s The Guardian calls the novel explosive with lurid claims about H s private life that would place the government in Hanoi in a difficult position D ng places much emphasis in her work on the beauty of the setting, and the words of characters are elliptical and flowery, representing something that resembles conversation but is perhaps meant to havecontext In a short story or a play, such a style might be successful In a 500 page book, the author relies on readers stamina to overcome the lack of coherence.In the Author s Note at the start of the novel, D ng writes It is beyond me to write only from my imagination Everything I have ever written has built upon true events Even so, one needs to remember the hard fact that fiction is still fiction So D ng is unlike other novelists we may read with pure pleasure in mind She has a point, rewriting history She was unhappy with the way political change manifest after the promise of the revolution in Vietnam, and how the leadership after the fall of H allowed power to feed the human capacity for greed in everyone s life, greed is the one predominant drive It is greed that blurs our conscience are words she places in the mouth of a Buddhist nun with blackened teeth.The world has so many examples of this precept, it is hard to argue with its truth What is a little easier to argue with is the form of a successful novel Because this novel gives us so much South Asian sensibility and style, Western readers who dismiss its convoluted storyline and embellished phrasing may simply be struck by the differences in culture However, one might argue that differences in style do not negate the need for a embracing storyline One may read political screeds but one rarely falls for them the way we do for an illuminating fiction And a mix of the two make one distrust one s judgement I hesitate to recommend this title It was tough reading and tougher understanding

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    i keep expecting Duong Thu Huong s name to surface at least during discussions of the Nobel Prize, but I am inevitably disappointed Few writers have given their nationa Northerner, she spent years on the front lines of its wars, including underground, entertaining, nursing and burying the troops But she is that rarest of all things someone who expected the revolution to fulfill its promise and is willing to expose, with brutal honesty, how it does not Paradise of the Blind criticize i keep expecting Duong Thu Huong s name to surface at least during discussions of the Nobel Prize, but I am inevitably disappointed Few writers have given their nationa Northerner, she spent years on the front lines of its wars, including underground, entertaining, nursing and burying the troops But she is that rarest of all things someone who expected the revolution to fulfill its promise and is willing to expose, with brutal honesty, how it does not Paradise of the Blind criticized the land reforms of the early fifties and Novel without a Name was a soldier s story of a war without heroism The Zenith takes on no lesser a figure than Uncle Ho himself in his last days, which she depicts as the great man worn out by age and regret, and marginalized by those who have taken possession of the government It is not a quick read nor an easy one in addition to the narrate of Uncle Ho s decline, Huong pauses on this broad canvas to flesh out stories surrounding the old lion the most loyal of his old comrades, the brother in law of the President s murdered wife a woodcutter who dies in the village below where the great man is kept, isolated from power The wife and her vicious murder are Huong s invention, but that is part of her point she indicts Ho for failing to safeguard a beloved woman who stands in for the nation, its revolution, its youth and its ideals This is a terrible world, one in which allies are killers, husbands abandon wives to be murdered, children turn on parents It is a Vietnam in which the Marxists have not so much overthrown a predatory monarchy as replaced it she refers to the new kings and their imperial palaces As one character states to the loyal functionary, This revolution, aside from what it did to emancipate the people, neither brought freedom nor expanded productive capacity on the contrary, it totally destroyed all the valuable culture that had made our nation the revolution only accomplished a disgusting dredging up of layers of mud from the bottom of the pond to pollute its surface Huong s uncompromising vision has been rewarded with exile Which proves at least part of her point

  3. says:

    This is one of those situations where the book is smarter than the reader It is the final weeks of Ho Chi Minh s life He is in a secluded mountain top Buddhist monastery under the watchful eye of party officials where he spends his quiet days reflecting on his sacrifices, the times when he did his duty rather than what he believed to be right His primary regret is abandoning his young mistress and children to serve the party in leadership In the thoughts of this old man, we find one who is p This is one of those situations where the book is smarter than the reader It is the final weeks of Ho Chi Minh s life He is in a secluded mountain top Buddhist monastery under the watchful eye of party officials where he spends his quiet days reflecting on his sacrifices, the times when he did his duty rather than what he believed to be right His primary regret is abandoning his young mistress and children to serve the party in leadership In the thoughts of this old man, we find one who is powerless despite his position of power, who has a tender conscience despite the harsh and pragmatic policies that flow from his office, a hollow man manipulated by those behind the scenes despite his title and accolades Woven around these final days are numerous other stories, a family feud in a nearby mountain village, the marital tension of a lower ranking official loyal to Ho Chi Minh, stories of past sacrifices of a number of characters I was often confused by the shift in story line and time frame I never did figure out the point of the family feud which occupied a majority of the center of this novel Part of the problem is my limited understanding of the cultural expectations and world view of the people of Vietnam Much of the concerns and regrets and motivations in this novel were lost on me I want to readby this leading voice in Vietnamese literature, but I anticipate that those reads, like this one, will bework than pleasure

  4. says:

    Four stories, all about Ho Chi Minh in their own way Never confusing, always engaging Despite the huge amout of pages at least, in Dutch it was difficult to put aside It s a story about love and power About how one can interfere with the other Shocking at times, exciting at other moments, tragic at all times amazed but not surprised to see how strong leaders are also just human This book was a nice suprise The Vietnam war was nothing new, but a new point of view is always good.

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    Ho Chi Minh, the President looks back as a 70 year old man at parts of his life with regret He regrets the lack of contact with children that he fathered and the loss of a woman he loved, he regrets the distance that has come between himself as a man and the people he sought to represent.Wishing to retrieve something of that contact, he attends the funeral of a woodcutter to pay his respects, only to realise the suffering his presence will have caused because of his distinguished position and t Ho Chi Minh, the President looks back as a 70 year old man at parts of his life with regret He regrets the lack of contact with children that he fathered and the loss of a woman he loved, he regrets the distance that has come between himself as a man and the people he sought to represent.Wishing to retrieve something of that contact, he attends the funeral of a woodcutter to pay his respects, only to realise the suffering his presence will have caused because of his distinguished position and the expectations that are carried with it should he grace them with his presence He despairs at having lost sight of that which motivated him to first become involved in the revolution, to bring equality to all.Things pick up in pace and interest when we learnof the story of the woodcutter, his family and village, this one story perhaps seen to represent various stages in the country s own experience of communism, both its idealistic benefits for the community and its destructive elements against the weak and innocent, when power, greed and envy are present within its leadership, turning even family members against each other The story telling reaches its zenith and had me totally convinced of the authenticity of the relationship between the wise sixty something father grandfather Mr Quang and his new 18 year old bride Miss Ngan and relishing the way they managed the reactions of close family and their community with their provocative yet bona fide marriage.It highlights the enormous gap that can grow between those who rule and have power and or wealth and those who are trying to survive, just like the distance between rich and poor in a democratic society, similarly it exists between those who yield power and those who don t in a communist society, trust breaking down within a community as people become increasingly desperate and open to being corrupted while others live in constant fear.This is not a book to be read quickly, nor even understood immediately I continue to think about what I read and what it attempted to portray about society, leadership, workers, family and the effect of power and its oft great distance from the reality of how people live, the destructiveness of jealousy and the perseverance of those who will never be compromised, who will always fight for what they perceive is good and right.The country, its writers and message continue to allure and despite all the suffering, both past and present, there remains for me a quiet tranquility that pervades it, a steadfast patience and determination I admire.Full review here at Word by Word

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    His voice was soft and high, like that of a homosexual The Zenith is the worst book I have read in a long time, and made me seriously question my policy of finishing every book that I begin I was persuaded in continuing the masochistic pursuit of reading this mammoth pile of turgid wankery by the vaguely interesting chapter The Woodcutters Hamlet anyone considering this book should start and finish with this chapter, as it represents a seed of what is promised in the blurb and what is no His voice was soft and high, like that of a homosexual The Zenith is the worst book I have read in a long time, and made me seriously question my policy of finishing every book that I begin I was persuaded in continuing the masochistic pursuit of reading this mammoth pile of turgid wankery by the vaguely interesting chapter The Woodcutters Hamlet anyone considering this book should start and finish with this chapter, as it represents a seed of what is promised in the blurb and what is not delivered anywhere else Conversations in The Zenith soundlike chopped up political essays stuffed down characters throats and regurgitated as pompous and unbelievable dialogue Much of the 500 page bulk of the book is made up of overblown swathes of monotonous monologue, which are over indulgent, stiflingly pretentious and deadly boring The characters themselves are unforgivable in both their bland personalities and sociopathic behaviours presented to the reader as admirable acts of self sacrifice The amount of positive reviews from French institutions tempts me to point to the English translation as being at fault, but regardless of where the blame lies, The Zenith was a painful, eye rolling read that I wouldn t touch again with a ten foot pole on fire

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    I won this book through the first reads giveaways and I would actually give this book 2.75 stars My rating system is 2 okay and 3 liked it There were a lot of things I found interesting and liked about this book It was an interesting perspective on the end of Ho Chi Minh s life The life of his political ally, Vu was also very interesting My favorite part was the story of Mr Quang s family But, it had the least amount of tie in to Ho Chi Minh s life I confess to having very little kno I won this book through the first reads giveaways and I would actually give this book 2.75 stars My rating system is 2 okay and 3 liked it There were a lot of things I found interesting and liked about this book It was an interesting perspective on the end of Ho Chi Minh s life The life of his political ally, Vu was also very interesting My favorite part was the story of Mr Quang s family But, it had the least amount of tie in to Ho Chi Minh s life I confess to having very little knowledge of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh and the war I did have to do some Googling to learn about Ho Chi Minh and the author It is obvious there is a lot that she wants to share about her feelings about politics and power in Vietnam What I don t know is if she truly believes that Ho Chi Minh had changed his feelings about Communism at the end of his life or if she just wants to believe that as she wants it to end in her country It was a difficult read for me and a lot to wrap my mind around, but it was interesting so I am giving it the benefit of the doubt in my rating

  8. says:

    Another wonderful novel from the pen of Durong Thu Huron, although I did find this one a little long and somewhat preachyher version of President Ho was very interesting as was her take on the men around him and her belief that they undermined his goals and future of Vietnam I must say that I think that the change of translators may also have effected the book, I did not find the floe of English and the dialogue, both actual and internal was as well done in her past novels..but she is still Another wonderful novel from the pen of Durong Thu Huron, although I did find this one a little long and somewhat preachyher version of President Ho was very interesting as was her take on the men around him and her belief that they undermined his goals and future of Vietnam I must say that I think that the change of translators may also have effected the book, I did not find the floe of English and the dialogue, both actual and internal was as well done in her past novels..but she is still one the best living writers in the world

  9. says:

    I won this on a goodreads giveaway I was looking forward to reading this book because it was in my favorite genre of historical fiction plus I have read very little about Vietnam and was intrigued I have been trying all week to read this book but I have found it too difficult to keep track of the time realms and who is talking from one minute to the next I also find the culteral aspects aren t explained well and I always a bit lost I have stopped reading it for now but I may give it another I won this on a goodreads giveaway I was looking forward to reading this book because it was in my favorite genre of historical fiction plus I have read very little about Vietnam and was intrigued I have been trying all week to read this book but I have found it too difficult to keep track of the time realms and who is talking from one minute to the next I also find the culteral aspects aren t explained well and I always a bit lost I have stopped reading it for now but I may give it another try in the future

  10. says:

    After enjoying the first two Anne of Green Gables books, I decided to try something harder one of the books that I ve been thinking of reading for the SEA Reading Challenge And now that I ve finished it, I can confidently say that if not for this challenged, I would not have picked up this book or finished it.The Zenith is a confusing story As far as I can make out, there are two plot lines One follows the aging president of Vietnam as he slowly dies in isolation, supposedly loved and respe After enjoying the first two Anne of Green Gables books, I decided to try something harder one of the books that I ve been thinking of reading for the SEA Reading Challenge And now that I ve finished it, I can confidently say that if not for this challenged, I would not have picked up this book or finished it.The Zenith is a confusing story As far as I can make out, there are two plot lines One follows the aging president of Vietnam as he slowly dies in isolation, supposedly loved and respected but really under house arrest, and his relationship with one of his subordinates who has his own relationship issues The other follows a family in the Woodcutter s Hamlet, as the father remarries and brings strife and lots of gossip to the village.As it turns out, the patriarch of the family in the woodcutter s hamlet is the guy who died in the opening of the book I m sure that they referenced it somewhere at the start, but I didn t make the connection until much later.Looking back, I guess there was some action in the story, but it just felt so long Everyone seemed inclined to make a speech about politics or sex or sex and politics marital relationships which dragged the story out I think that if all the speeches were cut out, the book would be half it s length and at least twice as interesting.Although I m not sure if that would help because the story about the president bored me The characters were unsympathetic and not very interesting, and it felt like the message of all ideals will be corrupted by power and politics was hammered into every speech In fact, the times where I considered giving up on this book happened mostly during the section about the president and his party officials.I suppose that if this book was only about the family in the Woodcutter s Hamlet and without speeches, I would have enjoyed it a lotThere is, after all, some romance and lots of family drama inside But as it is, this book felt like a thinly veiled political essay and that isn t really what I wanted to readThis review was first posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile

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