A Nation Gang Raped
By Nguyễn Văn Thiện, translation into English by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm
In today’s play, the main character is a bright young corseted femme fatale in a wide brim traditional woven hat. Her appearance on the stage caused a stir in the crowd: “Wow, she’s so pretty! Lovely! Gosh The Nation is so beautiful!”.
Her footsteps were so light it looked as though she was riding on top of a wave, her smile was that of a flower about to bloom. Down below, the audience applauded in appreciation. A mother whispered into daughter’s ear: “See there child, the young woman there represents our country. Can you make out the shape of our Nation? Curvy, pretty, see, see that…”. Young children are impressionable, they of course believe everything they see, clapping enthusiastically… And of course, the character’s name is The Nation.
The Nation sang…
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