Bao Ninh, a former North Vietnamese soldier, provides a strikingly honest look at how the Vietnam War forever changed his life, his country, and the people who. 18 Nov Fifteen years after Bao Ninh’s admired war novel, he explains his When it was first published 15 years ago, Ninh’s novel, The Sorrow of War. The daring and controversial novel that took the world by storm– a story of politics, selfhood, survival, and war. Featured in The Vietnam War by Ken.

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This is a brilliant and beautiful book about humanity and the power of the narratives that explode in people’s minds. But relentlessly, his pen disobeyed him. I hope to find more by him. Counterfeits of the English version became widely available in Vietnam, aimed at the tourist trade.

The Sorrow of War

Inspired by Your Browsing History. Ninh says such harsh reactions now belong to the past. Topics World news The Observer. The novel ends with a passage by a new narrator, who explains that he has received Kien’s novel from the mute girl.

Phuong at seventeen in the pre-war days, and Phuong now, after the war but in practice, the changes to each are waar much to enable their relationship to survive. And at the heart of this vivid account of war is a tragic love story worthy of Shakespeare. The novel won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

Because I know that this novel was controversial in Northern Vietnam, I can understand the rise of its popularity and reputation. Hoa was an inept year old female guide who sacrificed herself so the troop she was attempting to lead to safety could avoid being killed by an American search and destroy team. The account he writes refuses to follow a simple linear structure, circling back and forth through time: That isn’t from marking my place I always use bookmarks but to lead to passages that I’ll want to re-read in the future when I feel the desire to pick up the book again.


Maybe a nice short story.

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The Destiny of Love was circulated in mimeographed form. Counterfeit sales have reportedly far exceeded sales of the original edition.

May 28, Inderjit Sanghera rated it it was amazing. It also fills a gap in the much-chronicled Vietnam War story by showing how veterans in Vietnam have suffered in ways similar to their American counterparts. A wall in the living room is lined with books in Vietnamese and in Sorrod, although the author does not speak English.

‘The Sorrow Of War’ Creates Controversy In Vietnam

Lofty Thinh was a soldier who had slain an orang. This was my first time reading anything from the vast oeuvre of Vietnamese literature, so I can’t ninhh it to a canon Bao was probably inspired by. Ninh beats down his ideas to the point of literary pulp and the reader is left exhausted and a bit annoyed that nothing really revolutionary came after page 60 that hadn’t already been clearly stated.

Then a mute girl whom Kien has begun seeing when drunk, and has been bouncing his ideas off, obtains the text after he left. I kept holding myself back,’ Ninh told The Observer in a rare interview at his home in a section of central Hanoi favoured by middle-ranking officials. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The judges citation stated https: His peace is as a worn out alcoholic, all his family, friends, and comrades dead.


The recent years of war had brought enough suffering and pain to last them a thousand years. He could hardly miss the allusion to their new status as multiple rape victim and brutal murderer. Is it the author or the translator? To see what your friends thought of this teh, please sign up.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. The protagonist is a survivor – most of his comrades so not make it through the war, and his life after the war is profoundly soorrow. The book forced the Vietnamese to confront a side of the war they rarely discuss, and although the novel won sodrow literature nninh here, it was roundly criticized by veterans.

Although much of Kien’s tale is of the brutal reality of war, the futility and the suffering, he does bring out the heroism of others who sacrificed themselves – although he sees these sacrifices as personal, to save their friends, rather than in the furtherance of the cause of those who commissioned the conflict: I was eighteen at the start of the war intwenty-eight at the fall of Saigon in Many of those around him had passed out, but he just kept on drinking.