The six-fin­gered Kim Chi

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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.

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