Mourning Headband for Hue Mourning Headband for Hue : An Account of the Battle for Hue, Vietnam 1968 an Account of the Battle for Hue, Vietnam 1968
Vietnam, January, 1968. As the citizens of Hue are preparing to celebrate Tet, the start of the Lunar New Year, Nha Ca arrives in the city to attend her father's funeral. Without warning, war erupts all around them, drastically changing or cutting short their lives. After a month of fighting, their beautiful city lies in ruins and thousands of people are dead. Mourning Headband for Hue tells the story of what happened during the fierce North Vietnamese offensive and is an unvarnished and riveting account of war as experienced by ordinary people caught up in the violence.
- Electronic book text | 378 pages
- 04 Sep 2014
- Indiana University Press
- United States
"A superb piece of work. I have never encountered anything remotely like it in the voluminous literature on the Vietnam War. Nha Ca's voice is so powerfully immediate, and her caring determined eyes carefully guide the reader into the thick of a chaotic world painfully under seige. A wonderful testimonial history but also a great work of commemoration." Heonik Kwon, author of Ghosts of War in Vietnam--Heonik Kwon, author of Ghosts of War in Vietnam"
About Nha Ca
Nha Ca, meaning a "courteous, elegant song," or "canticle" in Vietnamese, is the penname of one of the most famous Vietnamese writers of the second half of the 20th century. She was born in Hue and spent her youth there. As a teenager she began to publish poetry and short stories in Saigon literary magazines and soon moved there to begin her writing career. Her first book, New Canticles (1965), a collection of poetry, was an instant success and received the Presidential National Poetry Award. A bestselling novella, At Night I Hear Cannons, appeared the following year. Her next book, Mourning Headband for Hue, tells the story of the events in Hue during the Communist Tet Offensive. She continued to publish about her beloved Hue. In 1976, she was arrested with her husband as threats to the new regime, leaving five children in the care of her eldest daughter, age thirteen. Nha Ca was released after fourteen months, but her husband remained in prison until 1988. The couple subsequently moved to Sweden with their (now seven) children and currently reside in California.Born and raised in Leningrad, Olga Dror received an MA in Oriental studies from Leningrad State University in 1987 and later attended the Institute for Linguistic Studies in the Academy of Sciences, Moscow. She worked as correspondent, translator, editor, and anchor for Radio Moscow's Department of Broadcasting to Vietnam. In 1990 she immigrated to Israel, studied international realtions at Hebrew University, and worked for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its embassy in Riga, Latvia, from 1994 to 1996. She continued her study of Vietnam and earned a PhD from Cornell University in 2003. Now an associate professor of history at Texas A&M University, she has published a monograph and two edited volumes on Vietnamese and Chinese religions. Her current research concerns the identities of Vietnamese children during the war in Vietnam."