Martyn Burke works in a multitude of worlds, moving between novels, films, and documentaries. He has published six highly acclaimed novels, has recently won the Peabody Award the International Press Academy Auteur Award, and has been nominated for Emmys, Directors Guild, and Writers Guild awards for his feature and television films. He has made award winning television and theatrical documentaries including the Academy Award-short listed Under Fire: Journalists in Combat, and on other topics ranging from traveling carnivals to terrorism.
Barney learned the catchword “Todiachen”—Die Laughing from his burlesque-trooper grandfather. And now in Vietnam, working as a comedian in officers’ clubs, Barney has to use laughter as a weapon against the insanity around him . . . with practiced storytelling skill, Burke renders it movingly here in what could be the “Catch-22” of Southeast Asia.