Nguyen Chi Thien

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Nguyễn Chí Thiện
BirthplaceHa Noi, Vietnam
Known for poetry and prose

Nguyen Chi Thien,

1939–2012, Vietnamese poet. Thien began composing poetry during the three years he spent in prison after he told his history students that their textbook wrongly credited the USSR with the defeat the Japanese in World War II. With pen and paper forbidden, he committed his poems to memory. After his 1964 release, he recited his work to friends, and his poetry spread by word of mouth. Arrested (1966) on suspicion of writing dissident poetry, he was held without trial in reeducation camps, and again composed and memorized poems. Released in 1977, he write out some 400 poems and two years later brought them to the British embassy, which promised to take them out of Vietnam. Thien arrested and imprisoned in Hoa Lo prison (the infamous "Hanoi Hilton") for six years, but his poems were widely translated and published—in English as Flowers from Hell (1984). Finally released in 1991, he immigrated to the United States in 1995. His Hoa Lo/Hanoi Hilton Stories was published in 2007.
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In 1966, when Chomsky passionately avowed "to speak the truth and to expose lies" as a reason for his anti-American, pro-Vietnamese communist stand, (15) North Vietnamese poet Nguyen Chi Thien was imprisoned for doing just that, writing the truth and exposing lies by the communists.
In 1975, while the anti-war camp cheered on the communist victory, North Vietnamese poet Nguyen Chi Thien, in his dark cell, wept: (20) "O South Vietnam ever since that day of your loss I have experienced a thousand, ten thousand agonies!"
Air Force pilot Walter McDonald's "After the Fall of Saigon" is juxtaposed with Hanoi-born Nguyen Chi Thien's "As Those Americans Flee."
The Flowers of Hell is the bilingual edition of a collection of poignant poems by the Vietnamese dissident Nguyen Chi Thien (see WLT 59:3, p.
The impact of Nguyen Chi Thien's poetry has now reached the outside world through translations into English, French, Japanese, Chinese, German, and Czech, and international readings of his poetry have been held in such distant locales as Barcelona (1993) and Prague (1994).
Buddhist poet Nguyen Chi Thien, in poor health after 30 years of incarceration, told foreign journalists on his release that he would outlive communism.
The poet Nguyen Chi Thien, who rushed the manuscript of his Flowers From Hell (Lac Viet, 1984) into the British Embassy in Hanoi, was dragged off by the cops and hasn't been heard from since.