“Vua nham mat vua mo cua so” (Open the window with closed eyes) by Vietnamese writer Nguyen Ngoc Thuan has won the the Swedish Peter Pan 2008 Children’s Literature Award.
The Peter Pan award was first presented in 2000 by the International Board on Books for Swedish Young People and Gothenburg International Book Fair. The annual award is given to a foreign children’s writer on a specific subject.
Writers from France, the US, Russia, Ireland, Finland, Canada, China and now Vietnam have been given the honourable award over the last eight years.
“Vua nham mat vua mo cua so” won the top prize at the third literature composition contest for children entitled “For the Nation’s Future” in 2002, organised by the Youth Publishing House and Ho Chi Minh City’s Writers’ Association, a popular competition with both adults and children.
In 2007, the book was translated by Tran Hoai Anh and published in Sweden by the Tranan and Trasten Publishing House.
The winner accepted the invitation to take part in the awards ceremony in Gothenburg International Book Fair in September in Sweden.
Translated by Mai Huong