“We don’t want another Vietnam.” This cry has worked its way into the English language as it is spoken by ordinary people. It suggests that the war in Vietnam was not a good call by any stretch of the imagination.
Vietnam … Viet-Bloody-Nam by Davide A Cottone, is a confronting, provocative and atypical war novel.the
It is confronting because it is about a brutal war arising out of a conflict where the parameters of behaviour that are considered sacrosanct in relation to every man, woman or child are often breached. Consequently, the whole community becomes responsible for the behaviour of its individuals and groups of individuals and must share the burden of guilt and provide the necessary rehabilitation and support necessary for their redemption.
It is thought provoking in its elevation of ‘mateship’ to a higher level that goes beyond a relationship between individuals and morphs into a collective obligation of support for one another from the whole community through the development of a social conscience.
Finally, it is atypical of most war novels because it is about a war that was waged abroad in the war zone in Vietnam as well as at home in Australia and America by anti-war demonstrators and pro-war politicians and lobbyists. Soldiers who survived the war in Vietnam had to survive a hostile homecoming that offered little or no recognition for their sacrifices. In Australia, the Welcome Home March for Vietnam Veterans on 3rd October 1987 was twelve years after the Vietnam War ended and the unveiling of a National Memorial for the Vietnam War in 1992 was seventeen years after the war ended.
The novel has been released to coincide with the fortieth anniversary of the end of the war in Vietnam and is being promoted right across Australia through the RSL, the VVAA and the VVFA network of clubs. This book could just as easily be about Iraq or Afghanistan where history could end up repeating itself and that is what makes the novel so compelling.
More on Vietnam … Viet-Bloody-Nam can be found on the P.I.E. Books website: www.piebooks.net and the book can be purchased directly from the website, in bookstores or online where the book is being distributed globally as POD and as an eBook. The author is happy to communicate with anyone who has an interest in the topic by email: [email protected] or by phone on 0408 709 094.
P.I.E.Books: Davide A Cottone. (Author, playwright and poet)
Davide A Cottone, as an historical fiction writer, playwright and poet, delves deeply into personal experiences as he witnesses them unravelling in the world around him and around the world of others. With his forty years experience as a teacher in Australia, Papua New Guinea, China and Hong Kong and formal qualifications of an MA in applied linguistics, Davide has the skills as well as the stories which are all based on real life experiences.
He has published three full length novels, five musicals, four plays and two collections of his poetry. After his great success with his other historical fiction novel, canecutter, where Davide captured the migrant experience of new Australians in the canefields between 1924 and 1985, the author insisted another historical fiction was the best way to get his message across in his next novel, Vietnam … Viet-Bloody-Nam.
More on Vietnam … Viet-Bloody-Nam and other work by the author can be found on the P.I.E. Books website: www.piebooks.net and the book can be purchased directly from the website, in bookstores or online where the book is being distributed globally as POD and as an eBook. The author is happy to communicate with anyone who has an interest in the topic by email: [email protected] or by phone on 0408709094.