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, which began on this date back in 1968. Translated into English for the first time by Olga Dror, Nha Ca's book is an unvarnished and riveting account of war as experienced by ordinary people caught up in the violence.
Learn more about the book and Nha Ca's experience during the war in this podcast with translator Olga Dror: