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But Tra’s real name is Nguyen Duc Nhuan, he also has the pen name But Tra Nguyen Duc Nhuan, born in 1900 in Pho An village, now in Nghia An commune, Tu Nghia district, Quang Ngai province, the original hometown of Bao An village now belongs to Dien commune. Quang, Dien Ban district, Quang Nam province.

In the 1920s, he and his younger brother, Hong Tieu Nguyen Duc Huy, moved to Saigon to live in the literary village, newspaper village, and collaborate with newspapers: Dong Phap Times, Cong Luan, and Saigon newspapers.

Mr and Mrs. But Tra Nguyen Duc Nhuan, editor-in-chief of Sai Gon Moi daily newspaper. (Image: Hoang Hai Thuy)

He was the director of the daily Sai Thanh (1932-1933), later renamed Saigon (1933-1945).

He also advocated the daily newspaper Saigon Moi (1946-1963), and published a new series called Saigon (1963-1964) in which his wife, Mrs. Nguyen Duc Nhuan, née To Thi Than (1902-?) the manager’s name on the manchette. Saigon Moi Daily (1946-1963) was the newspaper with the highest print volume compared to other daily newspapers of that time in Saigon.

He died on March 22, 1982, in Saigon.


The Voice of the Bomb (poetry), 1961
Confessions of Thousand Autumn (poetry), 1962
The Son’s Features (Confessions of a Thousand Autumn, Volume II), 1969

Since the day I met you / The colors of brocade flowers. (Painting: Duong Bich Lien)

From the day I met you

From the day I met you
Colorful brocade flowers
Lots of fresh silk
In tune with two hearts.

From the day I met you.
Life feels more love
When I’m absent
It’s a time when life sucks!

From the day I met you.
It’s been three years gone
Dreamy dream enough…
One thousand eighty nights!

From the day I met you.
Year, month in expectation
Now Spring has come…
Where are the quiet moments?!


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