Viet Thanh Nguyen

University of Southern California
Humanities and Arts

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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