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No trivia or quizzes yet. The Cold War was still on,’ he says. My Life With Bob: Any page seemed like the first, any page could have been the last. Soon after the novel was published, he was denounced for a short story, published in Granta, about a village in South Vietnam.

Ninh includes ghosts, spirits, and screaming jungles to comment on the dead, but they have a limited effect.

Chudori Epic, compelling, important: Now he’s writing his experiences down to exorcise his demons. Interspersed across the narrative are potted histories of families and individuals whose lives were upended by the war. The Destiny of Lovewhich was published in roneo form similar to photocopying before All he has is these devils, these ghosts, who appear in flashbacks, spontaneous violence, recurrent dreams of disaster and a depressive lethargy.

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When I was in Vietnam inI saw the author speak about this book to our class. Trudging up with an assistant on the eve of the new millennium, he reflects on his life and its highlights and lowlights along the way. With that being said, this novel is one that Ninh writes for himself, not for the reader.

Why Vietnam’s best-known author has stayed silent

There is also much in here about writing. But as the title suggests, this is certainly not a novel that glorifies war, nor is it one that tries to tell the story of the wider conflict, focusing on the personal impact on the soldiers who fought: Kien recalls a parade of figures from his personal history, family members, people from his neighborhood, his first awakening of sexual feelings. His life and that of so many others was so horrible it could hardly be called a life. Dec 30, It was a daness, a missing, a pain which could send one soaring back into the past.

George Han cuon nay con ban k nhi? There is one killing field in particular that chills him. Not to be missed. I was completely immersed and it stuck with me throughout the remainder of the book. Not a new phenomenon, true.

Although the novel was reissued in Vietnamese last year, it has yet to be published under its original title. And so on and on, frantically writing, Kien refights all his battles, relives the times where his life was bitter, lonely, surreal, and full of obstacles and horrendous mistakes.


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The main theme tying these flashbacks together is the love affair between Kien and his childhood sweetheart, Phuong. He was one of the victorious North Vietnamese soldiers who took Saigon for sofrow Communist forces 20 years ago. I felt the ending was stronger than the rest of the novel.

But the psychological scars of the war will remain forever. The recent years of war had brought enough suffering and pain to last them a thousand years. Not the ordinary people. The recent ye The Future Lied To Us A reminiscence, rather than a memoir, tumbling o the time before war, eleven years of brutal fighting, and then its aftermath. The long silence from one of Vietnam’s best-known authors is telling of the enduring sensitivities about the war with America.

I would put this novel up against any written from the American perspective. 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 live sorrpw.

Stay in Touch Sign up. Only by writing about them can he exorcise their power.