Duc 3rd Edition: Triumph of the Absurd
Almost half a century ago, a young reporter from Germany arrived in still-glamorous Saigon to cover the Vietnam War over a period of five years.
Dr. Uwe Siemon-Netto, an international journalist from Leipzig, Germany, has reported about major world events for 60 years. At age 50 he interrupted his career as reporter to earn an M.A. at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and a doctorate in theology and sociology of religion at Boston University under Peter L. Berger. As part of his theological studies he served as a chaplain intern to Vietnam veterans. He continued to work as an editorial consultant for German and American publishing houses and as religious affairs editor of United Press International in Washington, D.C. In 2005, he moved as scholar-in-residence to the campus of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, he founded the Center for Lutheran Theology and Public Life /League of Faithful Masks (CLTPL/LFM), which he later transferred to in Capistrano Beach, Cal. This institute, of which he is now director emeritus, posits the Lutheran doctrine of vocation as an antidote against the contemporary culture of narcissism. Dr. Siemon-Netto has authored numerous articles and books. His memoir, Triumph of the Absurd: A reporter’s love for the abandoned people of Vietnam, was published this year simultaneously in English, French, German and Vietnamese. Dr. Siemon-Netto now lives in southern California as a writer and educator. Part of the year he and his British-born wife, Gillian, spend at their home in southwestern France.