Marcelino Truong in New York

May 1 to May 7
Arsenal Pulp Press

About the author

Born the son of a Vietnamese diplomat in the Philippines, Marcelino Truong and his family moved to America, and then to Vietnam at the outset of the war, before going to London and Paris. Such a Lovely Little War, his first graphic novel translated into English for now (Saigon calling will be released next September by Arsenal Pulp Press) is a graphic memoir about the early years of the Vietnam War, seen through the eyes of a young boy, where the turbulent national history is interwined with an equally traumatic familial one. Marcelino is also the author and illustrator of several children's books, published in French, such as La Carambole d'Or and Trois samouraïs sans foi ni loi, and published numerous press illustrations as well, in Libération, Marianne, ELLE and XXI.

About Such a Lovely Little War

This riveting, beautifully produced graphic memoir tells the story of the early years of the Vietnam War as seen through the eyes of a young boy named Marco, the son of a Vietnamese diplomat and his French wife. The book opens in America, where the boy's father works for the South Vietnamese embassy; there the boy is made to feel self-conscious about his otherness thanks to schoolmates who play war games against the so-called "Commies." The family is called back to Saigon in 1961, where the father becomes Presideent Ngo Dinh Diem's personal interpreter; as the growing conflict between North and South intensifies, so does turmoil within Marco's family, as his mother struggles to grapple with bipolar disorder.

Visually powerful and emotionally potent, Such a Lovely Little War is both a large-scale and intimate study of the Vietnam War as seen through the eyes of the Vietnamese: a turbulent national history interwined with an equally traumatic familial one.

Program Tour

May 2: Talk Presentation in Baltimore at Maryland College of Arts

May 6: Lit Crawl: on Auto-Fiction for the Pen World Voices Festival

May 8: The Radical Act of Drawing a Life for the Pen World Voices Festival


Arsenal Pulp Press

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