The Purification Festival in April: Translator’s Introduction

The Purification Festival in April – Lễ Tẩy trần tháng Tư
Alec-2011
This collection represents a broad range of Inrasara’s poetic oeuvre to date, tracing his diverse journeys through storytelling, forays into a varying array of narrative modes and transitions through lyric and narrative verse. Like all great storytellers, Inrasara pulls from a wide network of experience, weaving together the past and the present into a tapestry of the personal and collective, blending the real and the mythical. Wandering across history, literature, folklore, song, philosophy, Hinduism, Buddhism, pop culture, myth, war, peace, harvest, community, tradition, dream, language, ritual, epic and the everyday, Inrasara’s poems sing not only the song of the Cham people in modern Vietnam, but also of all human experience – of our imagining of self and of the myriad innermost emotional lives of globalization and modernity. Deeply rooted in his readings of the Cham epics, Inrasara’s verse somehow also resonates with the flowing lines of Whitman and Hughes, a montage of human experience and insight, both singular and universal. Continue reading

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Sách mới: The Purification Festival in April – Lễ Tẩy trần tháng Tư

Song ngữ Việt – Anh
Translated from the Vietnamese by Alec G Schachner
In lần thứ 3
NXB Văn hóa – Văn nghệ, I-2015
208 trang – Khổ 20,5×14,5cm – Giá bìa: 90.000đồng.
Tập thơ in lần thứ 2 song ngữ Việt – Anh, bản tiếng Anh do nhà nghiên cứu Nguyễn Tiến Văn và 6 bạn thơ dịch; nay Lễ Tẩy trần tháng Tư có văn bản tiếng Anh mới, do nghệ sĩ – giảng viên văn học Mỹ dịch.
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Thơ Inrasara trên Word Magazine, 11-2014

Inrasara, poem 1: “Pilgrimage to the dark of night”; poem 2: “The Riddle of Pauh Catwai” – Translation by Alec Schachner.

The Cham are a people that live as much in present day reality as in self-memory, in tales of the great Champa Kingdom of centuries past and traditions more recent. Inrasara has been working to keep that memory alive, through poems that feature in the upcoming anthology The Purification Festival in April.

Người Cham là dân tộc sống trong thực tại hiện tiền không kém trong kí ức, kí ức về những câu chuyện của vương quốc Champa vinh quang ở những thế kỉ xa xưa và cả truyền thống gần đây. Thông qua những bài thơ đặc trưng của mình được tuyển trong Lễ Tẩy trần tháng Tư, Inrasara đang làm việc cho kí ức ấy hồi sinh và tồn tại. Continue reading

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Ariya Po Parơng

Translation of William Noseworthy (new version)

 

[I] have created and transmitted this poetryFor all friends and relatives to hear

On the 15th of January in the year of the Chicken

France sent their officers to take us with them

The agent sent the letter to [force hire] coolies Continue reading

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A Cham woman proposes

Vietnam Heritage, No 9, December 2011

 

The Cham people of today are matriarchal, so women propose to men and men live in their wives’ houses. It is the other way round for Kinh Vietnamese. Even as recently at 1928 it was the man who proposed in Cham marriage. In the book Le Royaume du Champa (The Cham Kingdom, Paris, 1928), French author G. Maspéro wrote: ‘Cham people’ marriages are arranged with the help of a broker who brings some gold, silver and two jars of wine to the woman’s house to propose marriage.’ Continue reading

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Inrasara: Memories of a Cham bard

Inrasara: Memories of a Cham bard

Vietnam Heritage, 7-2011

* Myson, 2001.

I had to persuade him to recite onne more for me to record. He seemed lacking in enthusiasm. He was reluctant and forgot at many points. I understood. The chanted legends must be performed in a festival space, with its atmosphere

As a member of a Champa performing arts group, Mudwon Gru Han Phai – ‘Muwdon Gru’ is a priestly title – sang on prestigious platform in Saigon and performed at thousands of Cham festivals. He trained many Cham artists and was a live specimen for many researchers on the culture of Champa Continue reading

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Inspiration at the dew hill

Inrasara: Inspiration at the dew hill

Translated by Như Mai


you left
poem drooping its lines
delicated tower waving in the afternoon
sandhill sinking quietly into the night
the sea rumbling tumbling naively Continue reading

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Ariya Bini – Cam by English

Nguyên tác tiếng Chăm, Ariya Bini – Cam và bản tiếng Việt của Inrasara, trong Inrasara, Văn học Chăm I – Khái luận – văn tuyển, NXB Văn hóa Dân tộc, H., 1994, tr. 296-321.
Translated by William B. Noseworthy
Sinh viên thạc sĩ – Lịch sử Đông Nam Á
UW-Madison Wisconsin

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And so I came from Mecca
As you passed through Harok Kah Harok Dhei (Quang Binh)
And arrived at Ma Lâm (Pajai)
Before returning home by sea
with the great waves of the South China Sea knocking on the side of your boat Continue reading

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Moving Separately as Boats on the Water: Relating Ariya Cam-Bini and Ariya Bini-Cam to 17th Century Campa

In the 17th century the urang (people) of Bhumi Campa were in the midst of a dynamic period of transition. Having suffered the catastrophic defeat of the capital Vijaya in 1471, the Cam had moved their negara (capital) southward to Panduranga, situated in the heart of the modern Vietnamese province of Binh Thuan. With the conversion of the first Cam Ppo to Islam in 1607, and the tragic defeat of the epic devaraja (god-king) Ppo Rome during the Vietnamese annexation of Campa in 1651/3, it became clear that the Cam reliance on the moral authority of the Hindu-Buddhist divine universe was under threat Continue reading

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