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Viet Thanh Nguyen


“The novel draws its true enchantment – and its immense power – from the propulsive, wide-ranging intelligence of our narrator… this tormented double agent is back for another serving of ghostcolonial discontent in Nguyen’s showstopper sequel.” --The New York Times Book Review

“A voice that shakes the walls of the old literary comfort zone… May that voice keep running like a purifying venom through the mainstream of our self-regard—through the American dream of distancing ourselves from what we continue to show ourselves to be.” -- The New Yorker

“It contains brilliant writing, perverse insights and Tarantino-esque action sequences. Its wit is bitter; its pain is palpable.” -- Seattle Times

“Both a seamless continuation of its predecessor — the same unsparing intellect and take-no-prisoners sardonic wit animate each page — and a stand-alone book.” -- LA Times

"An exhilarating roller-coaster ride filled with violence, hidden identity, and meditations on whether the colonized can ever be free... Nguyen continues to delight." --Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review

"The conflicted spy of Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Sympathizer returns, embroiled in Paris’s criminal underworld . . . Nguyen is deft at balancing his hero’s existential despair with the lurid glow of a crime saga. A quirky intellectual crime story that highlights the Vietnam War’s complex legacy." –Kirkus, Starred Review

"Undeniably erudite and culturally fluent as ever—interweaving history, philosophy, political treatise, theology, even literary criticism—Nguyen effortlessly enhances the story with snarky commentary, sly judgments, and plenty of wink-wink-nod-nod posturing to entertain committed readers. " --BookList

Awards/Citations for THE SYMPATHIZER:

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2016
Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best First Novel
The Center for Fiction 2015 First Novel Prize
American Library Association's 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
Dayton Literary Peace Prize 2016
Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature
Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist (Best Mystery/Thriller)
2016 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize Finalist
2016 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Finalist


"[THE SYMPATHIZER] fills a void in the literature, giving voice to the previously voiceless while it compels the rest of us to look at the events of 40 years ago in a new light. But this tragicomic novel reached beyond its historical context to illuminate more universal themes...Nguyen's skill in portraying [an] ambivalent personality compares favorably with masters like Conrad, Greene, and le Carré." --The New York Times Book Review

"...astonishing first novel...enlivens debate about history and human nature, and the narrator has poignant, often mirthful voice." --Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review

"Mr. Nguyen is a master of the telling ironic phrase and the biting details, and the book pulses with 'Catch-22'-style absurditites." --The New York Times

"A closely written novel of after-the-war Vietnam, when all that was solid melted into air...Both chilling and funny, and a worth addition to the library of first-rate novels about the Vietnam War." --Kirkus, Starred Review

"Intelligent, relentlessly paced, and savagely funny." --The Wall Street Journal (Best Books of the Year)

"It's hard to believe this effort, one of the best recent novels to cover the Vietnamese conflict from an Asian perspective, is a debut." --Library Journal, Starred Review

"Compelling--and profoundly unsettling." --Booklist, Starred Review


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