Vu Trong Phung – The King of Reportage in the North
Vu Trong Phung is one of the prominent names in Vietnamese prose before the August Revolution. He is a talented writer and reporter with a strong charisma and a unique style.
Vu Trong Phung (1912-1939) was born in Hao village, Lieu Xa commune, Yen My district, Hung Yen province. His father worked as a lathe worked and died of tuberculosis when Vu Trong Phung was only seven months old. His mother was a poor woman; she loved her children so much and she raised her children by sewing.
Graduating from the primary school at the age of sixteen, he became the secretary of the Goda trading firm and started his writing career. Then, he worked in the Oriental publishing house (IDEO) for 2 years.
Vu Trong Phung made great contributions to the development of modern Vietnamese prose. In 1939, due to overwork, he suffered from tuberculosis and passed away in Cau Moi Street, near Nga Tu So, Hanoi. His death left a lasting mourn for his family, friends and society at that time.
In 9 years of writing, Vu Trong Phung created 71 works of all genres from short stories , novels to reporters, dramas and translations.
He began his writing career with his first short story “Chong nang len duong” (Walking with crutches (1930) and regularly until his death, there were 41 short stories and 4 short stories. Vu Trong Phung's short stories call for the love for human beings. Each of the fate of every human being is contained a sympathy, a heart of the author himself. Most of his short stories dealt with psychological issues such as jealousy of men, self-esteem, bloody love, a silver coin, and humanoid manners. This is also his new contribution to the modernization of the short story genre in our country.
As a journalist, Vu Trong Phung wrote many well-known reporters. With the debut of “Cam bay nguoi” (Human trap) (1933), published in Nhat Tan newspaper under the pseudonym Thien Hu, Vu Trong Phung gained the attention of the contemporary public. In 1934, the Nhat Tan Newspaper published the Ky nghe lay Tay. The next reporter Com thay com co, Luc xi, which contributed to create the title of "The King of Reportage in the North" for Vu Trong Phung.
Among his works, “Giong to” (The storm) and “So do” (Dumb luck) were two outstanding ones. With these two masterpieces, he became one of the greatest writers of Vietnam literature in the 20th century.
Some limitations in his life as well as in his works such as “Nhan su chia re cua de tam va de tu” (The division of the third period and fourth period, 1938) and natural factors in his works reflected the conflict in the soul and artistic thought of a talented writer. As the fate of other masterpieces in the world, his works also overcame historical ups and downs. When the rain and storm are over, mountains are still there and never seem to fade, like Vu Trong Phung and his literature works.
Vu Trong Phung , together with his outstanding achievements, contributed important in the field of novels. He had the ability to write deeply the social and keen ties that explored many facets of society. His pen is very alert and rich. Always embrace in an ideal, an ambition to make the society more beautiful, more perfect, Vu Trong Phung let his personality penetrate through each page.