This riveting, fantastically produced picture memoir tells the tale of the early years of the Vietnam Battle as observed throughout the eyes of a tender boy named Marco, the son of a Vietnamese diplomat and his French spouse. The e book opens in The us, the place the boy’s father works for the South Vietnam embassy; there the boy is made to really feel self-acutely aware of his otherness way to schoolmates who play Battle video games towards the so-referred to as “Commies.” The circle of relatives is referred to as again to Saigon in 1961, the place the daddy turns into High Minister Ngo Dinh Diem’s private interpreter; because the rising battle among North and South intensifies, so does turmoil inside Marco’s circle of relatives, as his mom struggles to grapple with bipolar dysfunction.

Visually robust and emotionally powerful, Such a Beautiful Little Battle is each a big-scale and intimate examine of the Vietnam Battle as observed throughout the eyes of the Vietnamese: a turbulent nationwide historical past interwined with an similarly worrying familial one.

Marcelino Truong is an illustrator, painter, and writer. Born the son of a Vietnamese diplomat in 1957 within the Philippines, he and his circle of relatives moved to The us (the place his father labored for the embassy) after which to Vietnam on the outset of the Battle. He earned levels in legislation on the Paris Institute of Political Research, and English literature on the Sorbonne. He lives in Paris, France.