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Nguyen Ngoc Ngan

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Nguyen Ngoc Ngan was born on May 4, 1946 in Son Tay, North Vietnam. His brother is singer Ngoc Trong who, in recent years, has become quite popular in the Vietnamese music industry abroad. The Nguyen family migrated to South Vietnam when the country divided in 1954. Mr. Ngan went to Nguyen Ba Tong and Chu Van An high school. He later attended Van Khoa university. After he graduated, Mr. Ngan was employed as an educator for the military. In 1975, Mr. Ngan stayed behind and was incarcerated until 1978. After his release, he escaped the country by boat to Malaysia. In 1979, Mr. Ngan resettled in Vancouver Canada, but moved to Prince Rupert isle in 1980 where he found a job until he once again moved to Toronto in 1985 where he still resides today.

Nguyen Ngoc Ngan began writing in 1979 while he was still in the refugee camp in Malaysia. His first novel was “Nhu+~ng Ngu+o+`i DDa`n Ba` Co`n O+? La.i” completed while he was still in Malaysia. However, his first published work was “The Will Of Heaven”, written in English and published by E.P. Hutton, New York in 1980. To date, Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Ngan has written 25 novels and short stories, all of which are considered to be best sellers in the Vietnamese literary market. Many of the titles have been reprinted several times.

Mr Ngan’s work can be described as commentaries. He often pokes fun at life, using simple language to describe the day-to-day activities of his characters. He pays special attention to the details in the spoken language and often uses the charm of a dialogue to paint emotions.

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