“Cho toi xin mot ve di tuoi tho” nominated for ASEAN award
By Tuong Vi in HCMC
“Cho toi xin mot ve di tuoi tho” (Give me a ticket back to childhood) written by Nguyen Nhat Anh was unanimously voted for submission to the 2010 Southeast Asian Writers Award by the executive board of the Vietnam Writers’ Association.
“Cho toi xin mot ve di tuoi tho” was first published by Youth Publishing House in 2008, and reprinted many times. So far 80,000 copies have been made. The book that was loved by local readers received a Vietnam Writers’ Association award in 2009.
The author Nguyen Nhat Anh takes readers on a spaceship back to four children who share a beautiful friendship. Through the story, we can see the folk games that we played when we were young. The faithfulness, the wisdom, mistakes and dreams of freedom inside children’s hearts made parents who read the book worry at first. However it provides useful tips not only for the young but also for parents in their relationship with kids.
Nguyen Nhat Anh, born May 7, 1955, is an incisive writer of stories for teenagers and adults. He is also a teacher, poet and correspondent. A prolific writer, he has composed 24 short stories, two novel series and several collections of poems. He is regarded as one of the most successful writers for teens. His well-known novels include Kinh Van Hoa (Kaleidoscope), Thang Quy Nho (The little brat), Co Gai Den Tu Hom Qua (The girl from yesterday), Chuyen Xu Lang Biang (Tales of Lang Biang), and many others.
The annual Southeast Asian Writers Award, initiated by Thai Royal since 1979, aims to honor excellent poets and novelists from the member nations of the ASEAN community.