Dang Thuy Tram wartime diary goes Esperanto

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The Esperanto version of Nhat ky Dang Thuy Tram (The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram), a phenomenal diary written during the Vietnam War by the late army doctor Dang Thuy Tram, was released Friday morning in Hanoi.

"Diary of Dang Thuy Tram" in Esperanto Photo: VNA

Now translated into 19 languages including Esperanto, a constructed international language, The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram was a phenomenon in Vietnam’s publishing industry when it was first published in July 2005.

Until March 2006, more than 400,000 copies of the book were sold out and it was republished many times after that.

Doan Ngoc Tram, Thuy Tram’s mother said at the book release she highly appreciated the product and the determination to put out the book by the Esperanto Association of Vietnam.

The diary was translated by a Vietnamese and a Chinese Esperantist, and co-edited by three others from Australia, German and Belgium.

Nguyen Thi Ngoc Lan who represents the translators said the team has made tremendous effort to keep the original spirit of Tram’s writings.

Dang Thuy Tram, born in 1943 in Hue worked as a battlefield surgeon in central Quang Ngai province during the War.

She was killed at the age of 26 by American forces while travelling on a trail in the Ba To jungle, leaving behind her wartime diaries, which chronicled the last two years of her life.

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