The cover of Kể Chuyện Trên Mặt Nước (Telling Stories above Water). Photo courtesy of Sunbox by Lương Thu Hương Fans of water puppetry can now explore one of Việt Nam's oldest folk art forms through the new book Kể Chuyện Trên Mặt Nước (Telling Stories above Water). The book is the fruit of illustrator-author Lương Linh's four-year cooperation with the Sunbox non-profit organisation in HCM City. It is also the second work of the Tủ Sách Siêu Nhân (Superman’s Bookcase) project, founded by Sunbox to raise funds for community programmes. Lương Linh is an illustrator and author based in HCM City. Photo courtesy of the artist The 144-page book not only provides an insight into the origin and secrets of the art but also introduces 184 water puppetry characters in diverse designs, from the very oldest to the most modern. Some designs have never been unveiled before as they were made for new plays. A large number of vivid and beautiful images are accompanied by simple and understandable information about water puppetry, an art form that has long been considered the 'soul' of water rice farming life. The idea for Telling Stories above Water came to the 35-year-old artist in 2017 when… Read full this story
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