The six-fingered Kim Chi
Ihad a chance to visit Phuùc Yeân in early 1980s. In the past, when the French came to dominate the country, this place was a poor provincial capital city. When they French left the country, they had left the vestiges of the occupation. I wanted to mention the garrison of the French troops here. The local people were so familiar with the name Thaønh Ñoâ, an old name in the center of the provincial capital. When Vónh Phuùc Province and Phuù Thoï Province were merged into a big province of Vónh Phuù, the once poor Phuùc Yeân provincial capital had become a busy city. When I was there, the life was excited and bustling with the newly completed establishments such as the general department store, the book store, the restaurant, the new market and the cinema house. There was an ideal atmosphere for the midland at that time. Together with a range of schools, this area had become one of the centers of students. I wandered aø Linh, the author of
was born in Haø Noäi in 1958. He has become familiar with many readers in recent years under the penname Ña Huyeân. Ñaø Linh started his writing career when he was a 24-year-old soldier scribbling his first story on the wooden boxes in his barracks every night. Born and raised in the capital, after graduating from the Haø Noäi University of Finance and Accountancy (now the Academy of Finance), he moved to the central province of Ñaø Naüng to work as an official for the Bank of Investment and Development. He later became a soldier for Battalion 878 stationed in Sôn Traø Peninsula and later for the Department of Economics of Military Zone 5. After three years serving the army, during which time he finished his first story, Ñaø Linh worked for the Quaûng Nam-Ñaø Naüng Publishing House. His inspiration for writing has continued ever since. His creative and unique writing style can be generalised as followed: it is the combination between reality and imagination, fantasy and factuality and what has already existed and what has yet to. It is about forming social meaning and humane images which are all contained in simple, pure and artistic language.
is a story with a unique structure, showing the relationship between the storyteller and Kim Chi, who he meets on a train. The readers can clearly see the honesty and experience of Ñaø Linh shining through.