The 'Kim Van Kieu' of Nguyen Du (1765–1820)

The "Kim Van Kieu" of Nguyen Du (1765–1820)

Nguyen Du
Translated by Vladislav Zhukov
Introduction by K. W. Taylor

The "Kim Van Kieu" of Nguyen Du, written in the early nineteenth century and commonly considered to be a defining masterpiece of Vietnamese literature, is the story of an educated and beautiful young woman who suffers misfortune and degradation before obtaining justice and peace. It is a long poem in a complex metric and rhyme scheme that is distinctively Vietnamese. Vladislav Zhukov here provides the first English-language translation, perfectly conveying the poetic form of the original work and thereby producing a literary creation in English that is equivalent to Nguyen Du's genius in Vietnamese—one that can be appreciated as poetry in English.

K. W. Taylor

Keith W. Taylor is Professor of Vietnamese Studies at Cornell University. He is the author of A History of the Vietnamese.


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