Vũ Trọng Phụng

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Vũ Trọng Phụng

Vũ Trọng Phụng (Hanoi, 20 October 1912 - Hanoi, 13 October 1939) was a popular Vietnamese author and journalist, who is considered to be one of the most influential figures of the Vietnamese literature in the 20th century. Today, several of his works are taught in Vietnamese schools.

Vũ Trọng Phụng's ancestral village was Hảo village, Mỹ Hào District, Hưng Yên Province, yet he was born, grew up, and died in Hanoi. The fact that his father died of tuberculosis when he was only 7 months old resulted in Vũ Trụng Phụng's being brought up mainly by his mother. After finishing primary school, sixteen-year-old Vũ Trọng Phụng was forced to stop schooling and earn his own living.

During the late-colonial decade of the 1930s Vũ Trọng Phụng produced a body of writing that stands today as the single most remarkable individual achievement in modern Vietnamese literature.[1]

In 1939, Vũ Trọng Phụng died from tuberculosis at the age of twenty-seven.[2]

The peasant novel Giông Tố (The Storm) 1936


  • Vũ Trọng Phụng Dumb Luck 1936 (translation: University of Michigan Press, 2002)[3]
  • Vũ Trọng Phụng Lục Xì: Prostitution and Venereal Disease in Colonial Hanoi (translation: University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2011)
  • Vũ Trọng Phụng The Industry of Marrying Europeans (translation: Cornell South East Asian Program)


  1. ^ Southeast Asia Over Three Generations: Essays Presented to Benedict Richard O'Gorman Anderson, editors James T. Siegel, Audrey R. Kahin - 2003 - Page 138 Peter Zinoman "He is unlike a real revolutionary in every way and reveals little more than Vũ Trọng Phụng's bourgeois view-point. ... Vũ Trọng Phụng's case was taken up immediately by a small group of progressive-minded literary scholars that included Lai ..."
  2. ^ http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?cc=mqr;c=mqr;c=mqrarchive;idno=act2080.0044.117;rgn=main;view=text;xc=1;g=mqrg
  3. ^ "Vũ Trọng Phụng's Dumb Luck and the Nature of Vietnamese Modernism", Peter Zinoman, introduction to Dumb Luck, University of Michigan Press 2002, ISBN 0-472-06804-0.