This is the biography of an astonishing – and stubborn – man. English was banned when the Vietcong launched its counter-revolution culture campaign by collecting English books and burning them. Learning English was dangerous and meant death or torture, but Hoa risked everything and promised to write his story if he survived. His mother wrapped his food supply in dictionary pages that appeared to look like newspapers. As he ate, he quietly learned English word by word.
In 1981, Hoa was released from the camp because of illness. A year later, he escaped to a Malaysia refugee camp, and then resettled in Australia. It took him 25 years, but Hoa wrote his first book, The Dark Journey, in 2010. He wrote Good Evening Vietnam a year later, and now he has finally completed the book he promised himself he would write.
FROM LABORER TO AUTHOR: THE FLOWERS IN HEAVEN ARE ROOTED IN HELL (ISBN: 978-1-62212-
About the Author: Hoa Minh Truong volunteered for the South Vietnamese army and was among the 500,000 defeated troops sent to re-education camps. He later resettled in Western Australia, where he became a journalist. He has never returned to his homeland.
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