THE TALE OF KIEU by NGUYEN DU
Translated by HUYNH SANH THONG
162 pages. Random House. $6.95.
Somehow Viet Nam still haunts us. That unfortunate nation seems on the verge of full-scale war again, even though Henry Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize for the part he played in fashioning the precarious cease-fire that President Nixon called "peace with honor." The U.S. Government, meantime, continues to play a major role in South Vietnamese affairs.
It is entirely appropriate, both for Viet Nam and the U.S., that The Tale of Kieu, a long epic poem that has captivated the Vietnamese for more...