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 the ten who survived. A huge bestseller in Vietnam, The Sorrow of War, published by Penguin Random House in August 2018, won The Independent Foreign Fiction Award for 1994. It is Bao Ninh’s first novel.