Vietnamese literature seminar held at 17th Venezuela Int’l Book Fair
The Vietnamese Embassy in Venezuela has hosted a seminar on Vietnamese literature both virtually and in-person within the framework of the 17th Venezuela International Book Fair (FILVEN 2021).
Speaking at the November 6 event, Director of the Vietnamese Institute of Literature Prof. Dr. Nguyen Dang Diep gave a brief overview of Vietnamese literature’s main stages, from old to modern times.
He said that since the country entered the “Doi Moi” (Renewal) period in 1986, Vietnamese literature has become part of the global cultural flow, exposed to influences from modern and post-modern cultures while preserving the traditional identity.
Vietnamese literature has also been influenced by patriotism and humanitarianism throughout its history, he added.
President of the Vietnamese Writers’ Association Nguyen Quang Thieu, for his part, shared his unforgettable memories about Venezuela, a peace-loving country, and its people who have provided unconditional support for Vietnam in its struggle for independence.
Though Venezuela is going through many difficulties induced by an embargo, the country's organisation of the international book fair shows that “no force can extinguish knowledge and beauty,” he said.
He continued that books contain human wisdom and the beauty of cultures, along with people’s beautiful dreams that will not be subdued by any power.
Thieu invited Venezuelan writers and poets to Vietnam to boost exchanges and mutual understanding between the two countries in literature.
Running through November 14, the FILVEN 2021 is viewed as the most outstanding cultural event of Venezuela this year with more than 800 in-person and online activities.
Vietnam is attending the event as a guest country of honour at the invitation of Venuezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.