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  • Published: 1 December 1994
  • ISBN: 9780749397111
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $19.99

The Sorrow of War




'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.

  • Pub date: 1 December 1994
  • ISBN: 9780749397111
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Bao Ninh

Bao Ninh was born in Hanoi in 1952. During the Vietnam war he served with the Glorious 27th Youth Brigade. Of the five hundred who went to war with the brigade in 1969, he is one of ten who survived. The Sorrow of War is a huge bestseller in Vietnam.


Praise for The Sorrow of War

“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


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