The Tale of Kiều
Author: Nguyễn Du, Huỳnh Sanh Thông, Alexander Barton Woodside, Hồ Dắc Ngọc
Publisher: Yale University Press
Release Date: September 10, 1987
Since its publication in the early nineteenth century, this long narrative poem has stood unchallenged as the supreme masterpiece of Vietnamese literature. Thông’s new and absorbingly readable translation (on pages facing the Vietnamese text) is illuminated by notes that give comparative passages from the Chinese novel on which the poem was based, details on Chinese allusions, and literal translations with background information explaining Vietnamese proverbs and folk sayings.