Into A Black Sun

Into A Black Sun

3.98 (117 ratings by Goodreads)
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Recognized as the author's finest work, Into A Black Sun blurs the line between literature and journalism, drawing on his experiences as a war correspondent in Vietnam to present an immersive depiction of the war. This is not a combat novel, but rather an Asian perspective on one of the wars that shaped modern America.
He tells his stories of the men and women of the land, of the conflicted turmoil of their beliefs and lives and deaths, through prose brought to life through the five senses, realizing the jungles, brothels, and camps of the Vietnam War, with the diverse people entrapped by it.
And in the telling, he reveals the enormous contradictions that the war revealed in friend and foe alike.

Long out of print, this edition brings Kaiko's immersive journey into the depths of the Vietnam War to a generation that is already forgetting the lessons learned there.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 13mm | 245g
  • English
  • 4902075911
  • 9784902075915
  • 2,223,737

Review quote

At last the sights, sounds, and smells of wartime Vietnam have been rendered by a master. Writing from the viewpoint of a neutral Japanese journalist, Kaiko filters his tale through an idiosyncratic but deeply compassionate sensibility. No other account of Vietnam has been so vivid, so intimate, or so moral.
--Edmund White

One of the best works of fiction, or fact, that I've read about Vietnam. It revived more of that experience than I ever realized memory had retained.
--Bruce Dunning, CBS News Correspondent, Vietnam 1970-73

A novel by an uncompromising artist that turns Vietnam into a major work of art.
--Masuji Ibuse, author of Black Rain

Every writer, every soldier, had his own private Vietnam. This is the most original account that I have read.
--Murray Sayle, Sunday Times Correspondent, Vietnam 1965-75
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117 ratings
3.98 out of 5 stars
5 35% (41)
4 37% (43)
3 21% (25)
2 5% (6)
1 2% (2)
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