Bao Ninh is a Vietnamese novelist and essayist best known for his semi-autobiographical novel, The Sorrow of War.
Ninh was born Hiang Au Phuong on October 18, 1952, in Nghe An province in what was, at the time, North Vietnam.
Ninh joined the Glorious 27th Youth Brigade when he was 17 years old. The Sorrow of War chronicles the terrible conditions of fighting and the extreme loss of life: of 500 who went to war in 1969, only ten survived.
One of Ninh’s first published works was Camp of the...