“This is one of our first books in English,” said Trinh Hai Duong, representative of the Ho Chi Minh City-based Phuong Nam Book publisher.
““Pearls of The Far East” will introduce the beauty of Vietnam as well as its people, culture and literature to the world,” he said.
Written by well-known local author Nguyen Thi Minh Ngoc, the book is a series of seven stories, each of which has been likened to a poem in prose, about the solitary, lonely and wandering souls of seven Vietnamese women of different generations.
The book has been adapted into a movie with the same name directed by Cuong Ngo and starred by famous local actors who agreed to work without pay, like People’s Artist Nhu Quynh, Truong Ngoc Anh, Hong Anh and Ngo Thanh Van.
Shot in beautiful landscapes around Vietnam such as the mountainous town of Sapa, the coastal city of Phan Thiet, the ancient town of Hoi An and the crowded Ho Chi Minh City, the movie won the “Best Music” and “Best Cinematography” prizes at the 14th California Independent Film Festival in California last month.
It was screened nationwide in Vietnam on the International Women’s Day.
One of the world's largest trade fair for books, the Frankfurt Book Fair draws representatives from book publishing and multimedia companies from all over the world who come to the fair to negotiate international publishing rights and licensing fees.
It is expected to attract around 7,500 exhibitors from over 110 countries this year.