The Best Vietnam War Stories by Vietnamese Authors

North Vietnamese Soldiers | © manhhai/Flickr
North Vietnamese Soldiers | © manhhai/Flickr
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Writer29 November 2017

Before The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, many readers didn’t know any authors or books written from the Vietnamese perspective. It’s a shame, because although there are many excellent books written by American authors about the conflict, they don’t give you an idea of how a Vietnamese person saw the war. These books do.

The Sorrow of War, Bao Ninh ( 1987)

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Last Night I Dreamed Of Peace: The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram, by Dang Thuy Tram (2005)

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When Heaven And Earth Changed Places: A Vietnamese Woman’s Journey From War to Peace, Le Ly Hayslip (1989)

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Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam, Andrew X. Pham (1999)

© Macmillan

Where the Ashes Are: The Odyssey of a Vietnamese Family, Nguyen Qui Duc (2009)

© Bison Books
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The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen (2015)

© Grove Press

A Vietcong Memoir: An Inside Account of the Vietnam War and Its Aftermath, Truong Nhu Tang (1986)

© Vintage