Dr. Ngô Tự Lập

Ngô Tự Lập was born in Hanoi in 1962. He earned his first University Degree, in Navigation, in the USSR (1986), and then served in Vietnam Navy as captain of a landing ship. In 1990, he entered the Hanoi Law College, from which he graduated in 1993. After a short time working in the Military Supreme Tribunal, he became a literary editor of the Army Publishing House, then the Hanoi Publishing House, and has worked for several newspapers. In 1996, he earned his Master Degree in Literature in Paris. From 2000 to 2003, he was director of the Inco Development Research Institute (IDRI) in Hanoi. Ngô Tự Lập got his PhD at the Illinois State University in 2006 and began to work at the International School – Vietnam National University as lecturer then Dean of the Department of Social Sciences, Humanities and Economics. A member of the Vietnam Writers' Union and Hanoi Writers' Association, he is also a song writer, a translator of Russian, English, French, and the first director of the Phan Châu Trinh Culture Foundation. Currently, he is Director of the International Francophone Institute (Hà Nội). 
Ngô Tự Lập has published about 30 books (fictions, poems, essays, and translations from Russian, French and English). He won seven prizes for his writings. Some of his works were translated into English, French, German, Swedish, Italian, Czech, and Thai.
Significant books:
1. “To the One Who Kindled the Fire” (Tặng người nhóm lửa, co-author, with Ngô Minh Thủy), poems, Văn Hóa, H., 1991.
2. “The Universe and I” (Thế giới và tôi), Poems, (in Vietnamese & French), Văn Hóa, H. 1997. Re-edited in 2000 with original illustrations by Dominique de Miscault; Re-edited in 2001 as a chapbook in “A l'index”, Bibliotheque Condordet, Montivilliers (France).
3. “The Night Flight in June” (Chuyến bay đêm tháng sáu), Poems, with illustrations by the author’s 8 year old son Ngô Tự Thành, Văn Hóa, H. 2000.
4. “Farewell to the Desert Island” (Vĩnh biệt đảo hoang), fictions, Văn Hóa, H. 1991.
5. “The Fifteen-day Month” (Tháng có 15 ngày), fictions, Hanoi Publishers, H. 1993, re-edited in 1994. Prize of the Hanoi Publishing House.
6. “The Season of Eagles” (Mùa đại bàng), Fiction, Công An, H. 1995.
7. “Sleep-Walking and Other Short Stories” (Mộng du và những truyện khác), fictions, Văn Học, H. 1997, re-edited in 1998, 2001, and 2004.
8. “The Strange Sleep of Lương Tử Ban” (Giấc ngủ kỳ lạ của ông Lương Tử Ban), fictions, Hội Nhà Văn, H. 2005.
9. “The Flights of Labyrinth” (Những đường bay của mê lộ), essays, Hội Nhà Văn, H. 2003.
10. “Japan - The Country, People and Literature” (Nhật Bản - đất nước, con người, văn học), (with Ngô Minh Thủy), Văn Hóa, H. 2002.
11. "The Wisdom of Limits" (Minh triết của giới hạn), essays, Hội Nhà Văn, H. 2005.
12. “The Thermometer of Soul” (Hàn thử biểu tâm hồn), essays, Hội Nhà Văn, H. 2008.
13. “Literature as Allusion Processing” (Văn chương như là quá trình dụng điển), Monograph, Tri Thức, H. 2008.
14. “The Face of Others” (Gương mặt kẻ khác), essays, Phụ Nữ, H. 2008.
15. "Femmes des années soixante (I et II)", poems, Pascale Chevalier, Les Arêtes éditions, La Rochelle, 2008.
16. “Black Stars”, Poems, Milkweed, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-57131-459-8. The book was nominated for 2014-PEN prize for poetry in translation.
 17. "Une tempête hors saison", nouvelles, Fremillerie, France, 2014. 
18. “Translation and Song Lyrics Translation” (Dịch và dịch ca từ), Monograph, Vietnam National University Press, H. 2016.
19. “Sea Stories” (Truyện biển khơi), Fiction, Kim Đồng, H. 2017. 

Affiliation: 
International Francophone Institute (Hà Nội)