The sorrow of war

Bao Ninh

A Vintage classic.

During the Vietnam War Bao Ninh served with the Glorious 27th Youth Brigade. Of the five hundred men who went to war with the brigade in 1969, he is one of only ten who survived. The Sorrow Of War is his autobiographical novel that was banned by the Communist Party.

Kien works in a unit that recovers soldiers' corpses. Revisiting the sites of battles raises emotional ghosts for him and the memory of war scenes are juxtaposed with dreams and remembrances of his his childhood sweetheart. This book is his attempt to understand the eleven years of his life he gave to a senseless war. His story burns the tragedy of war in our minds.

Soft cover, 227 pages.