Nguyễn Nhật Ánh

Nguyễn Nhật Ánh

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birthplace = Quảng Nam province
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occupation = Writer
nationality = Vietnam
period = 1984-present
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notableworks = "Kính Vạn Hoa" - Kaleidoscope
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Nguyễn Nhật Ánh (born on May 7, 1955) is a Vietnamese author of incisive stories for both teenagers and adults. He also works as a teacher, a poet and a correspondent. His works are enormous, including approximately 24 short stories, 2 novel series and some collections of poems. He is regarded as one of the most successful writer for teens. His most well-known novel "Kính Vạn Hoa" (Kaleidoscope) which contains 45 volumes, has recently been made into 2 drama series of the same name. His name is also his pseudonym.



Nguyễn Nhật Ánh was born in 1955 in Quảng Nam province, Vietnam. At early age, he attended Tiểu La, Trần Cao Vân and Phan Chu Trinh schools.

In 1973, he moved to Sài Gòn (Hồ Chí Minh City now) to pursue teaching career. Graduating from Hồ Chí Minh University of Pedagogy, he used to be a teacher and a member of Hồ Chí Minh Communist Youth Union. He has been working as a correspondent for " [ Sài Gòn Giải Phóng] " journal since 1986 and is responsible for children pages and novelette area. He is also a sport commentator on "Sài Gòn Giải Phóng Chủ nhật" under the pseudonym Chu Đình Ngạn.

Writing career

At the age of 13, he got the first poem posted on newspaper. The collection of poems "Thành phố tháng tư" (City in April), an appellatively-printing production with Lê Thị Kim, was his debut work published in 1984 by "Tác phẩm mới Publishing house". One year later, in 1985, his first prose work "Trước vòng chung kết" (Before the final) was brought out, marking a blooming period of success in writing for teenagers hereafter.

In 1990, he received A-class Literature for Youth Prize for "Chú bé rắc rối" (The troubled boy). From 1995 to 2002, he finished his most well-known work "Kính vạn hoa" (Kaleidoscope), a series including 45 volumes about 3 teenagers and the stories around their friendship and school life. The series became a flourishing success and received extravagant acclaim from both readers and critics. In 1995, he was voted the most popular writer in 20 years (1975-1995) and the most notably talented individual through a poll held by "Tuổi Trẻ" Press.

"'Chuyện xứ Lang Biang" (Tales of Lang Biang)" With witch, magic, strange creatures are not new to readers. However, the world of a witch who live in Lang Biang, a mountainous area in the South of Vietnam must be worth reading. Through the funny voice of author Nguyen Nhat Anh, the Lang Biang’s witch will give you lots of surprise.

His lastest story "Cho tôi xin một vé đi tuổi thơ" (Give Me a Ticket Back to Childhood) was the best-selling in the 5th HCMC book fair, over 15000 copies sold out within 10 days.

And the continuation of "Kính Van Hoa" (Kaleidoscope) will be posted on "Thanh Niên newspaper" next May.



* Kính vạn hoa (Kaleidoscope) (48 volumes and more)
* Chuyện xứ Lang Biang (Tales of Lang Biang) (4 volumes)

hort stories

*Thằng quỷ nhỏ (The tricksy boy).
*Cô gái đến từ hôm qua (The girl from yesterday).
*Bong bóng lên trời (Flying bubbles).
*Phòng trọ 3 nguời (A motel room for three).
*Quán gò đi lên (Up from the Inn)
*Thiên thần nhỏ của tôi (My little angel).
*Hạ đỏ (Red summer).
*Bàn có năm chỗ ngồi (Table with five seats).
*Còn chút gì để nhớ (Something to remember).
*Những chàng trai xấu tính (Unkind guys).
*Chú bé rắc rối (The troubled boy).
*Mắt biếc (Celestial eyes).
*Nữ sinh (Schoolgirls).
*Bồ câu không đưa thư (Missed messages)
*Buổi chiều Windows (Windows afternoon).
*Trước vòng chung kết (Before the finale)
*Hoa hồng xứ khác (Rose from another region).
*Những cô em gái (Sisters)
*Đi qua hoa cúc (Passing thorough daisy).
*Trại hoa vàng (The yellow flowers farm).
*Út Quyên và tôi (Út Quyên and me).
*Ngôi trường mọi khi (School at usual)
*Chuyện cổ tích dành cho nguời lớn (Fairy tales for adults).
*Bờ vai nghiêng nắng (Sunshiny shoulders).
*Tôi là Bêtô (I am Bêtô)
*Cho tôi xin một vé đi tuổi thơ (Give me a ticket back to Childhood).

External links

* [ Interview with Nguyễn Nhật Ánh on VietnamNews]

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