My Grand Uncle, Tran Van Tung, was a French Vietnamese poet, novelist and painter during the colonial era of French Indochina. At a young age, he left his village and his home country to pursue his western education and his love for literature and poetry in Paris, France. He remained in Paris after Vietnam regained its independence from France. He was a prolific writer and authored more than a dozen books between 1935 and 1965. He enjoyed a wide reputation in Paris as one of the most authentic thinker and writer. Several of his books received accolades and prestigious literary awards from the French Academy.
His writing is a fusion of eastern and western culture, with love and poetry as the bond. His collection of poems reflects his love for beauty, for all beings and all things, and most of all for both countries, France and Vietnam. His books are an anthology of dreams from the Far East to the West, from a poetic childhood, to a tormented youth, to the ravaged of wars.
He was my father’s uncle. The only grand uncle I met from his big family of thirteen. I had the honor to learn from him when I lived in France with him as a teenager. Almost three decades after his passing, I feel whispers in my heart. I hear his poetic voice, a memory deep inside, urging, inspiring me to rediscover and share his beautiful love of poetry. This particular book is a collection of poetic lyrics from two of his acclaimed rare books: “Muses of Paris” (1942) and “Songs of the Golden Dragon” (1945) published in France, limited edition with only 120 original copies.
My Ideal and My Perfect !
Burning flame of my Life !
Sun of my Heart !
Light of my Soul !
Queen of my Dreams !
My Beauty and my Truth !
You who come, who return every hour, every single moment to the end of time
I offer this bouquet of poems picked from the secret garden of my LOVE…