Vietnamese novel 'So Do' to be published in Germany

By Dang Khoa   October 12, 2021 | 07:33 am PT
Vu Trong Phung's "So Do", known as "Dumb Luck" in English, will be translated and published in Germany this year.

The book will be translated by Rodion Ebbighausen and Hoang Dang Lanh and published by Tauland Publishing House in December.

The novel, first published in Hanoi in 1936, tells of the absurd and unexpected rise within colonial society of a street-smart vagabond named Red-haired Xuan.

So Do cover. Photo courtesy of Tauland Publishing House

"So Do" cover. Photo courtesy of Tauland Publishing House

The publishing house stated the novel shows humor and satire regarding the effects of French colonialism on Vietnamese society in the 1930s.

"So Do" was first translated and published in English by the University of Michigan Press in 2002. The novel was later translated and published in China in September.

Phung died in Hanoi in 1939 at the age of twenty-seven. He is the author of at least eight novels, seven plays, and several other works of fiction in addition to Dumb Luck.

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