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In this accessible deep-dive into the careers of Trịnh Công Sơn and Bob Dylan, Trịnh Công Sơn and Bob Dylan evaluates the relationship between two of the 20th century’s most beloved and essential songwriters. Schafer retells countless colorful stories from the two artists’ lives drawn from a wide range of Vietnamese and English-language sources, illuminating Vietnamese and American views on spirituality, romance, philosophy, identity, and conflict.

Schafer critically examines the singers’ lifestyles, relationships, and public statements, meticulously collecting primary and secondary sources into a handy reader of 20th century global literary culture. The book even includes English translations of Trịnh Công Sơn’s essays and lyrics by Cao Thị Như Quỳnh, many here in translation for the very first time.

Trịnh Công Sơn and Bob Dylan is an essential read for fans of Bob Dylan and Trịnh Công Sơn, and a substantive addition to the libraries of comparative literature scholars.



Publication Date

Fall 11-30-2023


The Press at Cal Poly Humboldt




Trinh Cong Son, Bob Dylan., Vietnam, Music, Poetry, Vietnamese, biography


Music Practice | South and Southeast Asian Languages and Societies

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Trịnh Công Sơn and Bob Dylan:  Essays on War, Love, Songwriting,and Religion



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