Vietnamese writer Nguyen Chi Trung was awarded the 2011 South East Asian Writers Awards for his book "Tieng khoc cua nang Ut" (The Cry of Ut) at a ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand February 16, newspaper The Thao & Van Hoa reported Friday.
Tieng khoc cua Nang Ut is Trung's first novel and was written in 2006, nearly 50 years after the author was stationed in the central province of Quang Ngai (1954- 1959) and had the experiences that inspired the story.
Trung was a major-general in the Vietnam People's Army and the book features the American War, one of the world's most bitterly fought wars, in the central region of Vietnam. It also depicts the Tra Bong Uprising and the Dong Khoi movement in the southern province of Ben Tre in 1959.
The book also won the Vietnam Writers Association awards in 2008.
Trung was born in 1930 in Hoa Phuoc, in the central province of Quang Nam, and was later deputy editor-in-chief of the military-run magazine Van Nghe Quan Doi (Arts and Literature).
Prior to Trung, several Vietnamese writers and poets have received the SEA award, including To Huu in 1996, Ma Van Khang (1998), Huu Thinh (1999), and Nguyen Khai in 2000.
Together with Vietnam's Nguyen Chi Trung, seven other ASEAN writers received the annual SEA Writers Awards at the ceremony.
The award, which was first co-organized in 1979 by the Thai Royal Family, the PEN Club of Thailand, and the Thai Writers Association, aims to discover and promote leading literature talents in the region.