Impasse (Buoc Duong Cung)
Impasse (Buoc Duong Cung) was first published in 1938 in Hanoi, when the Vietnamsese nation was still suffering under the rule of the French colonialists and the quisling Vietnamese kings and mandarins.
All the time, the French Popular Front (1936-1939) advocated more democratic liberties for the colonies. In face of the Vietnamese peoples's seething and powerful struggle under the leadership of the Indochinese Communist Party - ICP (now the Communist Party of Vietnam - CPV), the French ruling colonialists had to "promulgate" a few reforms such as to "declare" to give freedom of opinion and freedom of association, and to grant amnesty to a certain number of political prisoners. it was in these conditions that Impasse made its appearance.
Nguyen Cong Hoan was a writer who at that time soon took up a progressive view. He dared expose in Impasse the injustices in the Vietnamese countryside, but had not yet seen in colonialism the root of all these injustices. He thought that the peasants' ignorance and iliteracy were the cases of their poverty and wrechedness. he still believed that "in the villages run by decent people, only three years after they did away with the backward custom of feasting, they saved enough money to pave their lanes, to build schools and to do a lot of things of public utility ..."
Apart from this weakness, Impasse has a very great merit of realism. It vehemently denounces the typical means of exploitation and repression of which the peasants were victims under the domination of the French colonialists and their henchmen. It vividly exposes the backward and miserable life of scores of millions of Vietnamese peasants driven to an abominable and desperate plight ...
It is this strong accusation which made the French ruling colonialists ban the circulation and concealment of Impasse throughout Viet Nam six months after its publication in 1938, though freedom of opinion had been "promulgated" and censorship formally "adrogated".
Impasse clearly shows that the Vietnamese peasants had no another way than to rise against the imperialists' rule, wrest back independence and freedom and bring the Vietnamese people's Revolution of August 19, 1945 to success.
Author: Nguyen Cong Hoan
Publisher: Red River Foreign Languages Publishing House
Publishing year: 1983
Weight: 160 gram
Number of pages: 228