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The tale of Kieu printed on calendar

Hanoi, September 30 (VNA) – Vietnam’s literary masterpiece Truy e n Kieu (The Tale of Kieu) will appear as illustrations in a special edition calendar to be released in the upcoming new year.

Produced by the company An H a o, t he Tale of Kieu calendar aims to honour the masterpiece written by Vietnam’s great poet Nguy e n Du (1766-1820), introduce its 3,254 verses to a larger audience and offer a new and unique decorative item for homes on the occasion of the new year.

It consists of 365 pages, each of which has a picture illustrating each paragraph of the poem. The pictures are painted by artist H u u Hi e u and partners during a two-year period.

The Tale of Kieu, whose original title in Vietnamese is D o a n Tr uo ng T a n Thanh (A New Cry From a Broken Heart), is an epic poem in Vietnamese and is widely regarded as the most significant work of Vietnamese literature.

Written in l u c b a t ("six–eight") metre, the poem recounts the life, trials and tribulations of Th u y Kieu, a beautiful and talented young woman who had to sacrifice herself to save her family.

Besides its editions in N o m and the national language, the poem has been translated into various languages worldwide, including Japan, French, English and German, as well as Swidish, Polish and Romanian.