Coming Soon: Nguyễn Trãi’s “Bình Ngô Đại Cáo,” the English Translation
The “Bình Ngô Đại Cáo” is a famous poem composed by the brilliant strategist Nguyễn Trãi in 1428. It is a very inspirational piece of writing and an important piece of Vietnamese history. I have been trying to find a complete English translation, but with little luck. However, I can find it in Vietnamese, which isn’t very helpful for what I am trying to do here.
I originally wanted to find the English version of the “Bình Ngô Đại Cáo” and share it with you readers. Sadly, it is nowhere to be found. For that reason, I’ve decided to translate the poem myself, using the version provided in the history book Việt Nam Sử Lược by Trần Trọng Kim, a respected Vietnamese historian. It just so happens that I have a copy of that book lying around.
Expect a full, accurate, and concise translation of Nguyễn Trãi’s “Bình Ngô Đại Cáo” sometime in the near future. I well reference my sources and make it as academic as possible. It will be correct, it will be inspirational, and it will be worth the read.
– Ian Pham