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The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam

The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam


Book Overview: The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam

Heart-wrenching, fragmented, raw, former North Vietnamese soldier Bao Ninh's The Sorrow of War provides a strikingly honest look at how the Vietnam War forever changed his life, his country, and the people who live there. Kien, a lone survivor from the Glorious 27th Youth Brigade of the Vietcong, revisits the haunting sites of battles and relives a parade of horrors as he grapples with his ghosts and his alcoholism and attempts to arrange his life in writing. Originally published against government wishes in Vietnam because of its nonheroic, non-ideological tone, Ninh's now classic work has won worldwide acclaim and become an international bestseller.

The daring and controversial novel that took the world by storm--a story of politics, selfhood, survival, and war.

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Bao Ninh, born Hoang Au Phuong in 1952 in Hanoi, Vietnam, is a critically-acclaimed Vietnamese novelist and short story writer. Known for his stark and poignant storytelling, Ninh served as a soldier during the Vietnam War, drawing from his own experiences to portray the trials and tribulations of a war-torn nation in his writing. His vivid depiction of the Vietnamese perspective has given a unique voice to the country’s history. The centerpiece of Ninh's literary stature is his novel, "The Sorrow of War," published in 1990, which remains a landmark in war literature. The book won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 1994 for its authentic and haunting portrayal of the Vietnam War from the view of an ordinary soldier. The novel is now considered a classic and has been translated into more than twenty languages worldwide. In addition to his contribution to literature, Ninh has an accomplished career in journalism, currently contributing to the VietnamNet Daily. Despite his limited literary output, his powerful portrayal of the human condition, especially in the backdrop of war, has earned Bao Ninh international recognition and respect in the literary world.


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