Young Vietnamese Doctor’s Diary Becomes Bestseller

June 12, 2006

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Posted on Jun 5, 2006
Vietnamese bestseller
Doan Bao Chau for The International Herald Tribune
Dr. Tram’s mother, Doan Ngoc Tram, with a picture of her daughter. Mrs. Tram and another daughter traveled to Texas to recover Dr. Tram’s diary. 

The author, a 27-year-old woman who was killed in 1970, wrote of “love, loneliness and death on the Ho Chi Minh Trail." It has become an Anne Frank-like sensation in Vietnam. The universal nature of her themes is an incredible reminder of the folly of war and of demonizing our enemies.

N.Y. Times:

A lost wartime diary by a doctor in which she tells of love, loneliness and death on the Ho Chi Minh Trail has become a best seller in Vietnam, bringing the war alive for a new generation of readers.

The journey of the diary itself has given it a special postwar symbolism for people here. It was returned to the doctor’s family just last year by a former American soldier who recovered it after she died on the battlefield in 1970.

The writer, Dang Thuy Tram, was killed at the age of 27 in an American assault after she had served in a war-zone clinic for more than three years. Among the intertwining passions she expressed were her longing for a lost lover and her longing to join the Communist Party.

One Response to “Young Vietnamese Doctor’s Diary Becomes Bestseller”

  1. karen smith Says:

    I enjoyed your article. I listened to a report about this diary on NPR. I would like to purchase a copy of it in Vietnamese as a gift for a young Vietnamese woman. Could you give me the title in Vietnamese so I can search for it?
    Thank you,
    Karen Smith

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