'All Quiet on the Western Front for our era' New Statesman
During the Vietnam War BaoNinh 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 his childhood sweetheart. The Sorrow of War burns the tragedy of war in our minds.
“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