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Ra ma('t : No'i ve^` ta'c pha^?m Mo^.t Thuo+? La`m "Tru`m"

Vo~ DDi`nh

     Tru+o+'c he^'t, to^i xin lo+.i du.ng mo^.t phu't trong chu+o+ng tri`nh cu?a nga`y ho^m nay, dde^? thu+a cu`ng ta^'t ca? qui' vi. su+. vui mu+`ng cu?a ca' nha^n to^i tru+o+'c khi bu+o+'c le^n dda^y, la` dda~ ddu+o+.c ha^n ha.nh ga(.p ba'c si~ nha` va(n Le^ va(n La^n . La^`n dda^`u tie^n ddu+o+.c ga(.p ngu+o+`i vie^'t ca'c ba`i ma` to^i dda~ ddu+o+.c ddo.c ve^` nhu+~ng chuye^.n ra^'t ta^`m thu+o+`ng nhu+ ngo.n rau tho+m, la' die^'p ca' ... Ro^`i ga^`n dda^y, chuye^.n tra(ng ra(`m, chuye^.n Vu Lan . Nhu+~ng chuye^.n co' the^? coi nhu+ la` ta^`m thu+o+`ng, nhu+ng ba'c si~ Le^ va(n La^n dda~ vie^'t ra^'t hay, ra^'t duye^n da'ng . Thu+a qui' vi., ddo' la` mo^.t ddie^`u ra^'t dda'ng mu+`ng cho ta^'t ca? chu'ng ta . Va` chu'ng to^i, rie^ng ca' nha^n chu'ng to^i la^'y la`m ha^n ha.nh, vi` xu+a nay chu'ng to^i dda~ co' y' ddi.nh xin ddi.a chi? cu?a o^ng, dde^? vie^'t ddo^i lo+`i ngu+o+~ng mo^. .

     DDie^`u thu+' hai nu+~a la` qui' vi. tha^'y trong tay to^i co' mo^.t ta^.p sa'ch va` gia^'y to+` . Thu+a qui' vi., ca'i ta^.p sa'ch va` gia^'y to+` na^`y kho^ng pha?i ca^`m le^n nhie^`u nhu+ the^' na^`y dde^? ma` la`m ddie^.u, la`m da'ng, la`m duye^n . Ly' do tha^.t ti`nh la` ta.i vi` trong hoa`n ca?nh ga^'p ru't, chu'ng to^i chu+a co' thi` gio+` dde^? vie^'t ra . Xu+a nay chu'ng to^i co' ba`n ve^` mo^.t va^'n dde^` gi`, chu'ng to^i suy nghi~ ra^'t la^u, ra^'t ky~ va` lu'c no'i kho^ng ba hoa thie^n ddi.a, kho^ng ca^u tru'ng, ca^u tra^.t, nha('m va`o dda^u pha?i tru'ng va`o ddo', cho ne^n chu'ng to^i pha?i vie^'t cho dda`ng hoa`ng. La^`n na^`y chu'ng to^i xin no'i tha^.t, chu'ng to^i se~ tu`y co+ u+'ng bie^'n . Vi` kho^ng co' ddu? thi` gio+`, chu'ng to^i ddem ta^'t ca? nhu+~ng gi` chu'ng to^i co' ve^` nha` va(n Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng, dde^? tri`nh ba`y cu`ng qui' vi. . Va^.y ne^'u co' ddie^`u gi` so+ xua^'t, xin qui' vi. tho^ng ca?m cho .

     Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng la` mo^.t nha` va(n go^'c mie^`n Nam, ma` no'i dde^'n go^'c mie^`n Nam thi` chu'ng ta kho^ng the^? na`o kho^ng nha('c dde^'n Ho^` Tru+o+`ng An . Ho^` Tru+o+`ng An trong lo+`i Ba.t cu?a cuo^'n sa'ch mo+'i ra, Mo^.t Thuo+? La`m "Tru`m", cu?a Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng, nha^.n ddi.nh ra(`ng co' ba the^' he^. nha` va(n go^'c mie^`n Nam . The^' he^. dda`n anh, cha chu', thi` co': Ho^` Bie^?u Cha'nh, Ho^` Hu+~u Tu+o+`ng, Le^ Xuye^n, So+n Nam ... The^' he^. tre? ho+n, the^' he^. dda~ tu+`ng co' di.p, tru+o+'c chie^'n tranh va` trong tho+`i chie^'n tranh, ddi ve^` mie^`n que^, bie^'t ro~ ca'i ddo^`ng que^ o+? mie^`n Nam . Cho ne^n ho. vie^'t ve^` mie^`n Nam vo+'i ta^'t ca? su+. thie^'t tha no^`ng na`n . Trong ddo' co' mo^.t pha^`n co' the^? go.i la` ly' tu+o+?ng ho'a . DDo' la` nhu+~ng ngu+o+`i nhu+ Huy`nh Hu+~u Cu+?u, Ho^` Tru+o+`ng An . Co' nhu+~ng ngu+o+`i nhu+ Vo~ Ky` DDie^`n, Nguye^~n va(n Ba, Pha.m Tha(ng ... La.i co' mo^.t the^' he^. nu+~a, tre? ho+n . The^' he^. na^`y sinh tru+o+?ng no+i tha`nh thi., va` lo+'n le^n no+i tha`nh thi., tru+o+?ng tha`nh trong tho+`i gian cu?a cuo^.c chie^'n . DDo' la` the^' he^. cu?a ba chi. em Phan thi. Tro.ng Tuye^'n, Nguye^~n thi. Ngo.c Nhung, Nguye^~n thi. Ngo.c Die^~m, ro^`i tre? ho+n nu+~a nhu+ la` Cao Bi`nh Minh, Vu~ Nam cha(?ng ha.n .

     DDe^'n dda^y thi` qui' vi. tu+. ho?i ngay va^.y thi` Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng o+? dda^u ? Thu+a qui' vi., ddu+'ng ve^` phu+o+ng die^.n tuo^?i ta'c, Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng sinh na(m 1945, ne^'u to^i kho^ng la^`m, thi` Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng co' the^? thuo^.c va`o the^' he^. cu~ng kho^ng nho? ho+n Vo~ Ky` DDie^`n . Nhu+ng Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng co' nhu+~ng ca'i dda(.c bie^.t kha'c vo+'i nhu+~ng ngu+o+`i kia la` Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng dda~ lo+'n le^n, dda~ tru+o+?ng tha`nh trong qua^n ddo^.i, trong Ha?i qua^n nhu+ lo+`i cu?a Nguye^~n thi. Thanh Bi`nh vu+`a no'i . DDo' la` ca'i ddie^?m ra^'t dda(.c bie^.t ma` nhu+~ng ngu+o+`i kia, nhu+~ng Vo~ Ky` DDie^`n, Kie^.t Ta^'n, Nguye^~n va(n Sa^m, Nguye^~n va(n Ba ... kho^ng co' . Ho^` Tru+o+`ng An, cu~ng tu+`ng o+? trong qua^n ddo^.i nhu+ng Ho^` Tru+o+`ng An chi? la` "si~ quan va(n pho`ng," tu+`ng thu' nha^.n la` "to^i chi? ngo^`i cho+i lai rai va^.y tho^i ." Chu+' co`n o^ng Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng na^`y thi` pha?i le^n ta`u, tro^i da.t kha('p ddo' dda^y .

     Co`n mo^.t ddie^`u dda'ng no'i nu+~a la` o+? dda^y to^i pha?i nha('c dde^'n o^ng ba.n cu?a to^i ngo^`i o+? ngay dda^y la` o^ng Nguye^~n Ngo.c Bi'ch . Trong lo+`i Ba.t vie^'t cho Lo+'p So'ng Phe^' Hu+ng cu?a Ho^` Tru+o+`ng An, Nguye^~n Ngo.c Bi'ch co' ne^u le^n mo^.t ddie^`u ma` to^i ddo.c ra^'t la^'y la`m vu+`a y' . To^i la^'y la`m thi'ch thu' vi` o^ng Nguye^~n ba?o ra(`ng, ddo.c Ho^` Tru+o+`ng An kho^ng the^? na`o kho^ng pha't a^m le^n ddu+o+.c, kho^ng pha?i ddo.c ba(`ng con ma('t, ma` ddo.c pha?i le^n tie^'ng . Thu+a qui' vi., thu+a o^ng Bi'ch, to^i chi? xin the^m mo^.t ddie^`u, la` kho^ng nhu+~ng pha't a^m le^n tie^'ng, ma` pha?i le^n tie^'ng ba(`ng gio.ng mie^`n Nam nu+~a mo+'i hay . Chu+' kho^ng pha?i ba(`ng gio.ng ngu+o+`i Hue^' nhu+ to^i, ddo.c Ho^` Tru+o+`ng An ma` ddo.c gio.ng Hue^' "que^" la('m . Kho^ng ddu+o+.c .

     Thu+a qui' vi., to^i xin du+.a va`o uy ti'n mo^.t ngu+o+`i dde^? chu+'ng minh ca'i ddie^`u to^i mo+'i vu+`a ne^u le^n. No'i co' sa'ch, ma'ch co' chu+'ng, thu+a qui' vi. . Ngu+o+`i ddo' to^i coi nhu+ dda`n anh, ma` to^i cu~ng coi nhu+ ba^.c tha^`y . DDo' la` nha` va(n Vo~ Phie^'n . Trong cuo^'n Va(n Ho.c Mie^`n Nam, To^?ng Quan, lu'c ba`n ve^` va(n chu+o+ng mie^`n Nam, Vo~ Phie^'n dda~ co' nhu+~ng lo+`i nhu+ the^' na^`y . To^i co' ghi va`o index card dda^y . To^i xin ddo.c ha^`u qui' vi., ma` gio.ng Bi`nh DDi.nh thi` cha('c to^i kho^ng ddo.c ddu+o+.c, va^.y xin ddo.c ta.m ta.m gio.ng Nam, gio.ng Nam lai Hue^' cu?a to^i va^.y . To^i ra^'t tie^'c la` ho^m nay kho^ng co' ba` Nguye^~n Xua^n Lan o+? dda^y, ta.i vi` ca'i ho^m ba` chi? tri'ch nhu+~ng ngu+o+`i go.i "Va(n chu+o+ng Mie^.t Vu+o+`n" the^' na^`y, the^' no., ma` ho^m nay ba` kho^ng co' o+? dda^y dde^? nghe nhu+~ng ca^u na^`y . O^ng Vo~ Phie^'n no'i so+? di~ Va(n chu+o+ng mie^`n Nam kho+?i sa('c la` ta.i vi` thu+' nhu+'t, co' su+. thay ddo^?i trong quan nie^.m thu+o+?ng thu+'c, va` thu+' hai, co' su+. khi'ch le^. cu?a ddo^.c gia? mie^`n Trung va` mie^`n Ba('c . DDa^y la` lo+`i cu?a o^ng Vo~ Phie^'n, thu+a qui' vi., o+? trong Va(n Ho.c Mie^`n Nam, To^?ng Quan .

     Ngu+o+`i mie^`n Trung va`o la`m a(n trong Nam thoa.t nghe ba` con trong Nam no'i chuye^.n vo+'i nhau va^~n co' ca?m tu+o+?ng a^'y: o^i chao! trong na^`y ngu+o+`i ta no'i sao ma` cu+' tro+n lu, cu+' nhu+ da^`u ro't roong roo?ng vo^ chai, nhu+ xoa con toa'n lie^`n tay kho^ng du+'t, nhu+ xua nhu+~ng vie^n bi tro`n cha.y rong ro'c tre^n mo^.t ma(.t ma^m! Lo^'i no'i nhu+ the^' khie^'n lie^n tu+o+?ng dde^'n ca^u ca vo.ng co^? da`i da(`ng da(.c, ma` thoa(n thoa('t ma` ngo.t li.m .

     Chu+a he^'t, thu+a qui' vi., o^ng Vo~ Phie^'n sau khi co' ca'i nha^.n ddi.nh nhu+ va^.y ve^` ngu+o+`i Trung, ngu+o+`i Ba('c va`o Nam, o^ng ddi va`o chi tie^'t ho+n nu+~a, o^ng la.i ba?o the^' na^`y . DDo.c nhu+~ng nha` va(n trong Nam nhu+ Le^ Xuye^n, So+n Nam, Bi`nh Nguye^n Lo^.c, Vu+o+ng Ho^`ng Se^?n, v . v . chu'ng ta co' ca?m tu+o+?ng va(n a^'y tu+. nhie^n, tha^n ma^.t ma` nhanh nhe.n thoa(n thoa('t, ma` de^~ da`ng lu+u loa't qua' co+~ . Nhu+ the^? kho^ng xe^'p dda(.t gi`, cu+' tuo^`ng tuo^.t ngon o+, va(n a^'y cu+' tuo^n ra kho^ng va^'p va'p khu.c kha(.c bao gio+` ca?, no' tro^i cha?y ta`i ti`nh qua' xa' . Nga`y nay tre^n ca'c ba'o chi' ha?i ngoa.i, mo^.t so^' nha` va(n mie^`n Nam trong ddo' co' Ho^` Tru+o+`ng An cu~ng cho ta ca'i ca?m tu+o+?ng a^'y . Trong hoa`n ca?nh lu+u vong sa^`u tha?m, ai na^'y ra^`u ri~, thi` va(n o^ng va^~n cu+' tu+o+i mo+n mo+~n, va^~n cu+' nuo^.t na` . Thu+a qui' vi., ddo' la` va(n Vo~ Phie^'n chu+' kho^ng pha?i va(n Vo~ DDi`nh . To^i kho^ng the^? na`o vie^'t ddu+o+.c nhu+ va^.y .

     Sau khi ddem sa'ch ra dde^? ma'ch cho qui' vi. mo^.t chu't nhu+ va^.y, ba^y gio+` to^i xin no'i ve^` Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng . Ngoa`i ca'i chuye^.n Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng kho^ng tho^n que^, cu~ng kho^ng pho^' thi., Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng la` mo^.t nha` va(n qua^n ddo^.i, Ha?i qua^n, co' mo^.t ddie^`u buo^`n cu+o+`i la` to^i ddo.c Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng, to^i kho^ng kho?i mi?m cu+o+`i thi'ch thu' . Thi'ch thu' o+? ca'i cho^~ ddo' la` mo^.t nha` va(n co' tinh tha^`n Ha?i qua^n, ddu'ng la` vie^'t kho+i kho+i nhu+ con ta`u ra kho+i . Hai chu+~ kho+i cu~ng cha(?ng a(n nha(`m gi` vo+'i nhau he^'t, nhu+ng ma` tho^i cu~ng ddu+o+.c .

     Ta'c pha^?m tru+o+'c cu?a Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng, Mo^.t DDo+`i DDe^? Ho.c, cha('c qui' vi. cu~ng co' di.p ddo.c ro^`i . DDo^`ng ba`o sang dda^y, vu+`a ra^`u ri~, sa^`u tha?m vu+`a ti`m he^'t ca'ch dde^? ho.c ngoa.i ngu+~, dde^? ho^.i nha^.p, ti`m vie^.c la`m, lo a^u tra(m vie^.c . Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng cu?a chu'ng ta sang dda^y cu~ng ddi qua nhu+~ng ca'i giai ddoa.n va^'t va?, sa^`u tha?m nhu+ va^.y . Nhu+ng ma` ca'i ho^`i dda^`u, lu'c co`n la(n lo'c ddo', cha`ng kie^'m dda^u ddu+o+.c mo^.t nghe^`, o+? ca'i tie^.m a(n go.i la` Long John Silver, the^' ma` Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng vie^'t nhu+ the^' na^`y, to^i xin ddo.c ha^`u qui' vi. mo^.t ddoa.n dde^? tha^'y ca'i tinh tha^`n ca^`u tie^'n cu?a Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng . Ho+n the^' nu+~a, ngoa`i ca'i tinh tha^`n ca^`u tie^'n, co`n co' ca'i tinh tha^`n giu+~ mi`nh, giu+~ tha^n, co^' he^'t su+'c dde^? ma` so^'ng ma` co`n . DDa^y la` mo^.t ddoa.n trong Mo^.t DDo+`i DDe^? Ho.c .

     Nghe^` chie^n ca', chie^n to^m o+? Long John Silver la` mo^.t nghe^` he^'t su+'c ma'y mo'c . Bo^'n va.c da^`u so^i, bo^'n ca'i thu`ng vuo^ng vu+'c, khoa?ng chi'n ta^'c chi'n ta^'c be^` ca.nh va` ba ta^'c be^` sa^u, lu'c na`o cu~ng chu+'a dda^`y da^`u . Nhie^.t ddo^. cu?a da^`u ddu+o+.c ddie^`u chi?nh tu+. ddo^.ng ba(`ng ddie^.n tu+?, tha? mo'n gi` vo^ cu~ng tha^'y no' so^i bu`ng le^n . Mo^.t thu`ng da`nh rie^ng cho french fries va` hush puppies . Mo^.t thu`ng da`nh rie^ng cho ca' . Co`n hai thu`ng co`n la.i da`nh cho to^m, scallops, clams ... va` chicken sticks . Mo'n na`o cu~ng la(n bo^.t, chie^n .

     Thu+a qui' vi., mo^.t nha` va(n mo^.t qua^n nha^n ty. na.n, la`m vie^.c o+? mo^.t kha'ch sa.n ta^`m thu+o+`ng o+? My~, lo vie^.c chie^n ca', chie^n da^`u . Va^.y ma` o^ng vie^'t nhu+~ng ddoa.n nhu+ the^' to^i ddo.c qui' vi. nghe, qui' vi. co' nho+' ddie^`u gi` kho^ng ? Co' nho+' la.i ca'i ddoa.n ma` o^ng Vo~ Phie^'n ta? ca'i o^ng hu? tie^'u kho^ng ? "Ru.p ru.p" ddo' . Pha?i cha(ng co' mo^.t su+. lie^n he^. na`o ddo' giu+~a the^' he^. na^`y vo+'i the^' he^. kia ? Co' mo^.t ca'i su+'c so^'ng na`o ddo', mo^.t ca'i ddie^?m chung na`o ddo' giu+~a nhu+~ng the^' he^. kha'c nhau, va` ca? nhu+~ng tru+o+`ng pha'i kha'c nhau nu+~a . To^i xin quay la.i vo+'i ddoa.n va(n cu?a Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng .

     Mo'n na`o cu~ng la(n bo^.t, chie^n . Ha^`u he^'t dda~ ddu+o+.c la`m sa(~n, kho^ng bie^'t tu+` dda^u cho+? to+'i, vo^ bao gia^'y cha^'t dda^`y trong tu? dda' . Cu+' lo^i tu+`ng bi.ch, tu+`ng bi.ch ma` tha?y va`o ma^'y va.c da^`u . Chi? co' ca' la` pha?i pha bo^.t, nhu'ng bo^.t ta.i cho^~ ma` tho^i . Vie^.c tha'i ca', ca' cod, thi` giao cho ma^'y te^n managers . DDa^y la` mo^.t ca'i quye^`n ma` cu~ng la` tra'ch nhie^.m, bo^?n pha^.n, va` pha?i ho.c qua mo^.t kho'a .

     Ba^y gio+` dde^'n ca'i ddoa.n mo+'i tha^.t la` ha^'p da^~n . Be^n tre^n mo^~i va.c da^`u, phi'a tru+o+'c ca'i qua.t hu't kho'i, co`n co' mo^.t ha`ng nu't push button dde^? canh gio+` chie^n . O^ng Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng du`ng tie^'ng Anh trong na^`y mo^.t ca'ch thoa?i ma'i . Thu+a qui' vi., kho+i kho+i . To^m hai phu't, ca' ba phu't, clam bo^'n phu't, ga` na(m phu't ... dda~ ddu+o+.c programmed sa(~n . Chie^n ca' thi` ba^'m nu't ca', chie^n ga` thi` ba^'m nu't ga` . He^'t gio+` la` no' bi'p-bi'p va` cho+'p dde`n ba'o ddo^.ng . Co' thua gi` "ru.p ru.p" cu?a o^ng Vo~ Phie^'n kho^ng ? He^'t gio+` la` no' bi'p-bi'p va` cho+'p dde`n ba'o ddo^.ng . Vo+'t ra tha?y le^n nga(n, la` xong . Lu'c na`o cu~ng pha?i co' sa(~n to^'i thie^?u mu+o+`i mie^'ng mo^~i thu+' . Ma^'y lu'c ddo^ng kha'ch, tha?y na(m ba thu+' vo^ mo^.t thu`ng, dde^'n ho^`i no' tranh nhau bi'p-bi'p, bi'p-bi'p, kho^ng bie^'t ca'i na`o ma` ta('t, ma` vo+'t . Cu~ng vui . Vo+'t ra lo^.n thi` dde^? ddo' la't nu+~a chie^n la.i, ba(`ng kho^ng tha?y vo^ thu`ng ra'c, vu+`a tie^.n vu+`a lo+.i .

     Thu+a qui' vi. ddo' la` mo^.t ddoa.n va(n o+? trong Mo^.t DDo+`i DDe^? Ho.c, ta'c pha^?m cu?a Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng ma` nha` va(n Mai Tha?o, mo^.t nha` va(n ta`i danh cu?a chu'ng ta, dda~ bo? co^ng vie^'t cho mo^.t ca'i tu+.a ra^'t la` chu dda'o .

     Trong Mo^.t DDo+`i DDe^? Ho.c co' tha?y ca' "ru.p ru.p" nhu+ va^.y, thu+a qui' vi., nhu+ng qua cuo^'n Mo^.t Thuo+? La`m "Tru`m", nhu+ Nguye^~n thi. Thanh Bi`nh vu+`a thu+a vo+'i qui' vi. lu'c na~y thi` Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng ke^? la.i nhu+~ng kinh nghie^.m cu?a ddo+`i mi`nh trong Ha?i qua^n, o+? dda?o Phu' Quo^'c .

     Cuo^'n sa'ch co' ta^'t ca? 8 chu+o+ng . Chu'ng to^i se~ kho^ng la`m ma^'t thi` gio+` nhie^`u cu?a qui' vi. ba(`ng ca'ch ddi va`o tu+`ng chu+o+ng mo^.t . Chi? xin no'i so+ qua dde^? qui' vi. co' mo^.t y' nie^.m, va` dde^? ha^`u qui' vi. mo^.t va`i ddoa.n va(n tie^u bie^?u cho kho^ng khi' cu?a va(n chu+o+ng Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng . Chu+o+ng dda^`u la` Mo^.t Thuo+? La`m "Tru`m" lu'c ma` Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng ddu+o+.c go+?i ddi la`m Tru+o+?ng pho`ng Nhi` Vu`ng 4 Duye^n ha?i o+? dda?o Phu' Quo^'c . DDe^'n dda^y thi` qui' vi. co' the^? co' ca?m tu+o+?ng Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng vo^'n la` mo^.t nha` va(n go^'c Nam, vie^'t va(n nhu+ to^i vu+`a ddo.c ha^`u qui' vi. xong, lu'c na`o cu~ng vie^'t mo^.t ca'ch ra^`m ro^., vui ve? va` thoa?i ma'i nhu+ va^.y, kho+i kho+i nhu+ va^.y . Nhu+ng, thu+a qui' vi., chi'nh ngay to^i cu~ng dda~ la^`m ve^` ca'i ddo' . Vi` ddo.c quye^?n Mo^.t Thuo+? La`m "Tru`m" chu'ng to^i co' kha'm pha' ra mo^.t ddie^`u, ma` co' the^? xu+a nay chu+a ai dde^? y' dde^'n . To^i ra^'t la^'y la`m la., la`m la. ma` cu~ng la^'y la`m thi'ch thu', kho^ng ngo+` co' nhu+~ng ddoa.n va(n nhu+ the^' na^`y trong cuo^'n sa'ch cu?a Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng . DDa^y la` o+? chu+o+ng 2, mo^.t ddoa.n va(n ta? ca?nh . To^i xin ddo.c ha^`u qui' vi. . Nhu+ng, thu+a qui' vi., to^i se~ xin kho^ng ddo.c ba(`ng gio.ng Nam dde^? to? ra to^i kho^ng muo^'n ddu`a . To^i xin ddo.c ba(`ng gio.ng Hue^' . Xin lo^~i anh Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng ...

     Ta`u ddo` la` mo^.t chie^'c ghe lo+'n, ghe cha`i . Va^.y ma` cu~ng bie^'t su'p-le^ nhu+ ta`u sa('t . Su'p-le^ mo^.t co`n tro^ng co`n ddo+.i, su'p-le^ hai co`n ddo+.i co`n tro^ng, su'p-le^ ba ta`u ra bie^?n Ba('c, hai tay na('m cha(.t song sa('t con ma('t lo+` ddo+` ..., tra^.t la^'c, ta`u ra bie^?n Ta^y ddi va`o vi.nh Tha'i Lan . Kho^ng rie^ng gi` ta`u ha?i qua^n, ta`u gi` ra kho+i bao gio+` cu~ng buo^`n buo^`n . Thu+a qui' vi., Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng ddo'! Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng cu~ng bie^'t buo^`n, thu+a qui' vi. . Kho^ng ai thoa't ddu+o+.c no^~i vu+o+ng va^'n, vu+o+'ng vi't be^'n bo+` . Vu+o+ng va^'n, vu+o+'ng vi't be^'n bo+` . Tro+`i chie^`u va`ng tre^n ma(.t nu+o+'c . Gio' bie^?n ma(.n da^.p va`o ngu+o+`i . La^ng la^ng ho^`n da^ng cao theo trie^`n so'ng, thu+? ho?i ai ma` cha(?ng nga^.m ngu`i, ba^ng khua^ng trong ca?nh ta'ch be^'n ra ddi . La.ch nu+o+'c sa^u cha?y ra vi.nh cu?a do`ng Kie^n Giang dda~ thuo^.c lo`ng nhu+ chi? ba`n tay va^.y ma` ba'c ta`i co^ng tu+`ng cha^.p tu+`ng cha^.p ddu+a ta`u ru+o+'n le^n ca.n, tru+o+`n qua nhu+~ng ba~i ca't nga^`m . Nga^.p ngu+`ng nhu+ nhu+~ng tie^'ng na^'c co`n so't la.i tru+o+'c khi du+'t khoa'c chia tay . Hay la('m! Ro^`i thi. xa~ Ra.ch Gia' xa da^`n xa da^`n trong nuo^'i tie^'c . Nhu+~ng chie^'c thuye^`n con ga('n ma'y dduo^i to^m cha.y ba.ch ba.ch hai be^n ta`u trong gio+` tie^~n ngu+o+`i ddi dda~ kho^ng co`n tha^'y nu+~a . Nu+o+'c bie^?n trong xanh va` nhu+~ng lu+o+.n so'ng lo+'n ba('t dda^`u pha? va`o ma.n ta`u . Tie^'ng ma'y ta`u, ma'y da^`u ca(.n, no^? dde^`u dde^`u tra^`m buo^`n ru ngu? .

     DDoa.n va(n ra^'t hay cu?a Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng, mo^.t nha` va(n thu+o+`ng thu+o+`ng vie^'t mo^.t ca'ch hu`ng ho^`n, mo^.t ca'ch kho+i kho+i dde^'n lu'c ta? ca?nh, ta? buo^`n cu?a chie^'c ta`u ra kho+i, dda~ vie^'t ddu+o+.c nhu+~ng ddoa.n nhu+ the^' na^`y, chi'nh ba?n tha^n to^i ddo.c ra^'t la^'y la`m thi'ch thu' . Va` to^i mong ra(`ng qui' vi. khi dde^'n gio+` co' sa'ch, ha~y chu' y' dde^'n nhu+~ng ca'i ne't ba^'t ngo+` ddo' trong ta'c pha^?m cu?a Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng .

     DDoa.n ma` chu'ng to^i vu+`a ddo.c ha^`u qui' vi. na(`m o+? chu+o+ng 2 . Co`n la.i sa'u chu+o+ng chu'ng to^i xin dde^? da`nh nhu+~ng ca'i thi'ch thu', nhu+~ng ca'i kha'm pha' trong ddo' cho qui' vi. . DDe^? kho?i la`m ma^'t thi` gio+` qui' ba'u cu?a chu'ng ta ho^m nay, ba^y gio+` to^i chi? xin no'i lu+o+'t qua nhu+~ng pha^`n na`y dde^? sau ddo' ddi ngay va`o ca'i gia' tri. va(n chu+o+ng cu?a Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng ma` chu'ng to^i cho ra(`ng la` ddie^`u quan tro.ng nha^'t . Trong sa'u chu+o+ng co`n la.i, ha^`u he^'t la` nhu+~ng chi tie^'t, nhu+~ng su+. kie^.n co' di'nh li'u dde^'n Ha?i qua^n, dde^'n ca'i tho+`i gian go.i la` la`m "tru`m," la`m ti`nh ba'o cu?a Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng o+? dda?o Phu' Quo^'c . Su+. ddu.ng cha.m vo+'i gio+'i la~nh dda.o, nhu+~ng cay dda('ng, nhu+~ng no^~i nie^`m ca' nha^n va` dda^'t nu+o+'c . Trong sa'u chu+o+ng ddo' co' dda^`y ddu? ta^'t ca? .

     Ve^` phu+o+ng die^.n va(n chu+o+ng chu'ng to^i nghi~ ra(`ng kho^ng the^? no'i dde^'n Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng ma` kho^ng nha('c dde^'n va`i lo+`i cu?a nha` va(n ta`i danh cu?a chu'ng ta la` o^ng Mai Tha?o, dda~ co' lo`ng to^'t vie^'t tu+.a cho Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng o+? ta'c pha^?m thu+' nha^'t cu?a anh . Ca'i ddoa.n nga('n na^`y cu?a Mai Tha?o tuy ra(`ng no'i ve^` Mo^.t DDo+`i DDe^? Ho.c nhu+ng co' di'nh li'u dde^'n ta^'t ca? va(n phong cu?a Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng ve^` sau nu+~a . To^i xin ddo.c ha^`u qui' vi. . DDe^? cho co' su+. co^ng ba(`ng, lu'c na~y chu'ng to^i ddo.c Ho^` Tru+o+`ng An va` Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng thi` ddo.c gio.ng Nam, ba^y gio+` chu'ng to^i xin ddo.c o^ng Mai Tha?o vo+'i gio.ng Ba('c . Xin qui' vi. quan kha'ch va` tha^n hu+~u go^'c Ba('c chi'nh hie^.u ddu+`ng ... cu+o+`i ca'i gio.ng Ba('c Thu+`a Thie^n cu?a to^i . Thu+a qui' vi., dda^y la` Mai Tha?o .

     DDie^`u ye^u me^'n sau cu`ng, lo+'n ho+n hai ddie^`u ye^u me^'n tru+o+'c ... Xin qui' vi. theo do~i cho ky~ vi` ddo.c va(n Mai Tha?o pha?i dde^? y' tu+`ng ly tu+`ng ti' . DDie^`u ye^u me^'n sau cu`ng, lo+'n ho+n hai ddie^`u ye^u me^'n tru+o+'c, la` ma(.c da^`u dda~ mu+o+`i ma^'y na(m tro^i da.t, mo^.t tro^i da.t ra^'t de^~ da`ng dda^?y va`o tha^'t la.c, ma(.c da^`u Vie^.t Nam dda~ nghi`n da(.m, que^ nha` dda~ nghi`n tru`ng, ba`n vie^'t Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng, giu+~a tho^? ngo+i lu+~ thu+' xa la., va^~n dda(.t ddu+o+.c va`o ddu'ng hu+o+'ng ddu'ng ta^`m vo+'i gio^'ng no`i va` dda^'t nu+o+'c o+? xa . Kho^ng bao gio+` to^i xa, cha(?ng bao gio+` to^i que^n, cha(?ng bao gio+` to^i kha'c . The^' gio+'i co' nghi`n bie^?n nghi`n tro+`i nhu+ng to^i chi? co' va` chi? so^'ng vo+'i mo^.t tro+`i mo^.t bie^?n . Toa`n bo^. va(n truye^.n Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng dda~ no'i cho Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng nhu+ va^.y . No'i mo^.t Vie^.t Nam toa`n pha^`n, trong ta^m trong ho^`n . No'i mo^.t dda^'t nu+o+'c va^~n ho+i tho+? va^~n ma'u ho^`ng, trong lo`ng trong da. . Du`ng mo^.t hi`nh a?nh cu?a dda.i du+o+ng, tre^n ddo' co' ddo+`i so^'ng, qua' khu+' va` tri' nho+' Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng tra?i ro^.ng, thi` la` mo^.t ha?i tri`nh da^~u dde^m to^'i va` gio^ng ba~o, da^~u phu+o+ng hu+o+'ng mi.t mu`ng va` so+n cu`ng thu?y ta^.n, ha?i tri`nh a^'y va^~n tu+` mo^.t be^'n dda^.u va` tro+? ve^` be^'n dda^.u .

     Thu+a qui' vi., ne^'u qui' vi. dda~ quen thuo^.c vo+'i lo^'i ha`nh va(n cu?a o^ng Mai Tha?o ro^`i thi` kho^ng co' gi` pha?i no'i the^m . Co`n ne^'u nhu+ co' qui' vi. na`o chu+a quen thuo^.c la('m, thi` to^i xin "die^~n gia?ng" ma^'y ca^u vu+`a qua dde^? qui' vi. tha^'m thi'a ho+n . Ca'i y' cu?a o^ng Mai Tha?o co' the^? to'm ta('t trong hai ddie^`u: Mo^.t la` ddi ngoa.i quo^'c Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng dda~ ca^`m bu't la.i, tie^'p tu.c vie^'t, va` hai la` lo`ng da. Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng va^~n chung thu?y vo+'i dda^'t nu+o+'c que^ hu+o+ng .

     Tuy Mai Tha?o la` mo^.t nha` va(n te^n tuo^?i nhu+ng tri'ch da^~n cho Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng co' the^? la` mo^.t ddie^`u ba^'t co^ng . Ba^'t co^ng, kho^ng pha?i vi` Mai Tha?o kho^ng xu+'ng dda'ng, o^`, kho^ng tra'i la.i! Ba^'t co^ng vi` tri'ch da^~n cho Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng, chu'ng ta pha?i ti`m dde^'n mo^.t ngu+o+`i nhu+ la` Ho^` Tru+o+`ng An cha(?ng ha.n! Mo^.t ngu+o+`i cu`ng co' ca'i tinh tha^`n mie^`n Nam, tha^m hie^?u vu`ng dda^'t que^ hu+o+ng ddo', ga('n bo' vo+'i la' rau ngo.n co?, vo+'i gio.t nu+o+'c, ha.t co+m cu?a mie^`n dda^'t ddo', mo^.t ngu+o+`i nhu+ the^' vo+'i mo^.t ca'ch no'i ca'ch vie^'t tha^.t gia?n di. tha^.t dda^.m dda`, mo+'i vie^'t ne^n nhu+~ng lo+`i tha^.t xa'c dda'ng cho Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng . Vi` va^.y chu'ng to^i xin nha('c la.i o+? dda^y, tru+o+'c khi cha^'m du+'t, ddo^i ddie^`u ma` Ho^` Tru+o+`ng An dda~ no'i ve^` Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng . Va` ba^y gio+` qui' vi. cho to^i xin phe'p quay la.i vo+'i gio.ng Nam cu?a Ho^` Tru+o+`ng An .

     Va(n chu+o+ng ha?i ngoa.i co' nhie^`u khuynh hu+o+'ng thi` mo+'i co' the^? go.i la` mo^.t va(n chu+o+ng pho^`n thi.nh . Qua Mo^.t Chuye^'n Ra Kho+i va` Mo^.t Thuo+? La`m "Tru`m", Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng co' mo^.t chie^'u rie^ng, mo^.t ddu+o+`ng lo^'i rie^ng ve^` dde^` ta`i . Do ddo', anh la` mo^.t ca^y bu't ddo^.c dda'o vo+'i vo^'n so^'ng qua' ddo^~i do^`i da`o . Ne^'u anh vie^'t cha^.m ho+n, ti? mi? ho+n cuo^'n sa'ch co' the^? ke'o da`i ngo't nghe't the^m mo^.t hai tra(m trang nu+~a .

     Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng tuo^?i ddo+`i chi? ddo^. tu+' tua^`n, kho^ng ha(?n la` co`n qua' tre?, nhu+ng va^~n la` ca^y bu't o+? va`o tuo^?i sung ma~n nha^'t cuo^.c ddo+`i dde^? sa'ng ta'c vu+`a phong phu' vu+`a chi'n cha('n . Anh kho^ng nhu+~ng chi? ddo'ng go'p va`o va(n dda`n ba(`ng ta'c pha^?m cu?a mi`nh, ma` anh co`n ro.i sa'ng cho chu'ng ta,
dda^y la` lo+`i cu?a Ho^` Tru+o+`ng An, mo^.t ddoa.n li.ch su+? co' anh tham du+., go'p mo^.t vie^n ga.ch va`o vie^.c xa^y ca^'t ngo^i dde^`n to^? quo^'c trong ta^m tu+o+?ng ngu+o+`i da^n ma^'t nu+o+'c la` chu'ng ta dda^y . Bo+?i ddo', Mo^.t Thuo+? La`m "Tru`m" la` mo^.t ta'c pha^?m co' gia' tri. o+? hai, ba ma(.t .

     Vo+'i ddie^`u chu'ng to^i vu+`a tri'ch ra tu+` Ho^` Tru+o+`ng An, mo.i ma(.t dda~ qua' dda^`y ddu? . Chu'ng to^i xin phe'p cha^'m du+'t o+? dda^y .

Vo~ DDi`nh

     * Ba`i no'i chuye^.n ra ma('t sa'ch Nguye^~n Ta^'n Hu+ng ta.i tru+o+`ng dda.i ho.c George Mason, thu? ddo^ Hoa Thi.nh DDo^'n, nga`y 15-10-1989, ddu+o+.c che'p la.i tu+` ba(ng ghi a^m bo+?i Ho^`ng Lan .


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