'Ru'. In Vietnamese it means lullaby, in French it is a small stream, but also signifies a flow - of tears, blood, money. Kim Thuy's 'Ru' is literature at its most crystalline; the flow of a life on the tides of unrest and on to more peaceful waters
Kim Thuy was one of the refugees who fled from Vietnam by boat. This is her haunting lullaby to the country of her birth and a letter of heartfelt thanks to Canada, her new homeland. Winner of the Governor General's prize when it was first published in French, it has now been translated into English.
Read by the French actress Elodie Yung, who recently starred in the film of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Abridged and Produced by Jane Marshall Productions.
Produced by Jane Marshall
A Jane Marshall Production for BBC Radio 4.