The collection spans a total of 462 pages, featuring his most popular stories, including “Tuong ve huu” (Retired Army General), “Nhung ngon gio Hua Tat” (Winds in Hua Tat village), "Muoi Cua Rung" (Salt From Forest), and “Khong co vua” (No King).
Each of the pieces was translated by Kim Joo Young under the auspices of the Daesan Foundation in the Republic of Korea.
Nguyen Huy Thiep (1950-2021) hailed form the northern province of Thai Nguyen and is notable for being one of the country’s most talented short story writers since 1975.
Throughout his 50-year career, Thiep wrote a total of 50 short stories, 10 scripts, four novels, and plenty of literary criticism. His works have since been translated into many languages, such as French, English, German, Italian, and Dutch.
He was awarded the French Literature and Arts Medal back in 2007 and the Premio Nonino prize by Italian authorities in 2008.