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The Sorrow Of War - Bao Ninh

The Sorrow Of War

By: Bao Ninh

Paperback Published: 17th October 1994
ISBN: 9780749397111
Number Of Pages: 224

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"All Quiet on the Western Front for our era."
-New Statesman

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. 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 childhood sweetheart. The Sorrow of War burns the tragedy of war in our minds.

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"20 years on, [it] had an even greater impact on me than it did first time around... It is a remarkable and important novel" -- Jamie Byng * Herald * "The Sorrow of War vaults over all the American fiction that came out of the Vietnam war to take its place alongside the greatest war novel of the century, All Quiet on the Western Front. And this is to understate its qualities for, unlike All Quiet, it is a novel abut much more than war. A book about writing, about lost youth, it is also a beautiful agonising love story... a magnificent achievement" -- Independent "This hauntingly beautiful novel, written by a North Vietnamese Army veteran, manages to humanise completely a people who up until now have usually been cast as robotic fanatics" -- Sunday Times "Unputdownable... This book should be required reading for anyone in American politics or policy-making. It should win the Pulitzer Prize, but it won't. It's too gripping for that" -- Guardian

ISBN: 9780749397111
ISBN-10: 074939711X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 17th October 1994
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.0  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Number: 1

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