Been working my way through two books - one digital, one physical - but so far at the very core of them, interlinked. One, the nonfiction focus on the Vietnam (or American, depending where you're from) War, in Nothing Ever Dies by Viet Than Nguyen. The second,a fictional dual narrative of a survivor of the Cambodian genocide expatriate, and a former soldier/prisoner of the regime reconciling their memories in Vaddey Ratner's Music of the Ghosts.
I'll admit, I'm only about halfway through #musicoftheghosts, but the lyricism in the writing is so freaking poignant that I just want to kind of flail at people for how much I like it. Coupled with #nothingeverdies and the questions it raises, I'm struggling with the overall topic both touch on: how we process the aftermath of brutal war and slaughter, how we remember victors and losers, how we may exonerate certain kinds of the dead but not all, how we, collectively as a society, as a nation, get fed one narrative and ignore and therefore don't have to acknowledge the conflicting accounts of the humanity (and/or inhumanity) not only of the other side's soldiers but also of our own soldiers.
It's been heavy. It's been worth it. Especially with everything being polarized in the US now. Check either books or both books out if you can #bookrecs #bookrecommendation #bookrec #nonfiction #fiction