Posts Tagged ‘Poven Leace’

An interview with Poven Leace, English translator of Hanh Trinh Ve Phuong Dong

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Eagle eyed readers of this blog noted that an English translation of Hanh Trinh Ve Phuong Dong appeared on last month.

Hanh Trinh Ve Phuong Dong is an obscure 1970’s Vietnamese book which purports to be a previously unpublished record of a trip Baird T Spalding took to India. The pseudonymous author Nguyên Phong claims to have found a Spalding book titled Journey to the East in a San Diego library during the 1970’s and published Hanh Trinh Ve Phuong Dong as a Vietnamese translation. Prior to the 1980’s, there was a large number of unauthorized translations of English works in Vietnam, and Nguyên Phong is listed as translator of works by Lobsang Rampa, Myodo Satomi and Mika Waltari.