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'The Sorrow of War' Author Bao Ninh to Release Part of New Novel

The excerpt will be released on December 25.

According to Zing, Vietnamese author Bao Ninh, who is widely known for Noi Buon Chien Tranh (The Sorrow of War), is about to release a new novel. The forthcoming book is Bao Ninh’s first novel since The Sorrow of War, which was published 32 years ago under a different name, Than Phan Cua Tinh Yeu.

In 1994, the novel was translated into English by Phan Thanh Hao and Frank Palmos. Since then, Bao Ninh has published a short story and an essay collection in 2013 and 2015, respectively.

An excerpt from this new novel will be published in Viet & Doc, a Vietnamese literary journal. According to the journal’s introduction text for the issue, Bao Ninh sent a 15,000-word opening section of his novel to the editorial board. The writer titled the book's manuscript Duong Ve, although he told the Viet & Doc editorial team that he’s still not satisfied with the name and the manuscript is still going through edits and revisions.

Viet & Doc is a quarterly literary journal established in 2018 by the Vietnam Writers Association Publishing House. Bao Ninh’s excerpt will be featured in Viet & Doc's upcoming winter issue.

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