Professor

Viet Thanh Nguyen

University of Southern California
Area
Humanities and Arts
Specialty
Literature
Member Since
2018

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer won the Pulitzer Prize and worldwide acclaim for its bold reimagining of the so-called Vietnam War through the eyes of a half-Vietnamese, half-French undercover communist agent. Nguyen has described The Sympathizer as the fiction"bookend" of a project, the nonfiction"bookend" of which has also drawn extraordinary attention. Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War--an examination of how the War has been remembered in many countries, including the US, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and South Korea--was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Together, the two books upend our understanding of a seminal chapter in world history.

Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and The Refugees, a collection of short stories.

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