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Viet Thanh Nguyen


"A closely written novel....Both chilling and funny, and a worthy addition to the library of first-rate novels about the Vietnam War."—Kirkus

"This is a powerful, thought-provoking work."—Reba Lelding, Library Journal

"This tragicomic novel reaches beyond its historical context to illuminate...universal themes. Nguyen's skill...compares favorably with masters like Conrad, Greene and le Carre."—New York Times Book Review

"[An] astonishing first novel....Enlivens debate about history and human nature."—Publishers Weekly

"A profound, startling, and beautifully crafted debut novel."—Indie Next Buzz Books


Advance Praise for THE SYMPATHIZER

"Magisterial. A disturbing, fascinating and darkly comic take on the fall of Saigon and its aftermath, and a powerful examination of guilt and betrayal. THE SYMPATHIZER is destined to become a classic and redefine the way we think about the Vietnam War and what it means to win and to lose."—T. C. Boyle, author of THE TORTILLA CURTAIN

"It is a strong, strange and liberating joy to read this book, feeling with each page that a broken world is being knitted back together, once again whole and complete. As far as I am concerned, Viet Thanh Nguuyen's THE SYMPATHIZER—both a great American novel and a great Vietnamese novel—will close the shelf on the literature of the Vietnam war."—Bob Shacochis, author of THE WOMAN WHO LOST HER SOUL

"Not only does Viet Thanh Nguyen bring a rare and authentic voice to the body of American literature generated by the Vietnam War, he has created a book that transcends history and politics and nationality and speaks to the enduring theme of literature: the universal quest for self, for identity. THE SYMPATHIZER is a stellar debut by a writer of depth and skill."—Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A GOOD SCENT FROM A STRANGE MOUNTAIN

"Audaciously and vividly imagined. A compelling read."—Andrew X. Pham, author of CATFISH AND MANDALA

"Who would have thought the fall of Saigon could be so hilarious? THE SYMPATHIZER is like a neon-pink whoopee cushion snuck into a high-level State Department briefing. Go ahead, laugh. Viet Thanh Nguyen has given us permission to see both the light and dark sides of a regretful chapter in the histories of both the United States and Vietnam in a tale told by a court jester. I think I'd have to go all the way back to Nobokov's Humbert Humbert to find the last narrative voice that so completely conked me over the head and took me prisoner. Nguyen and his unnamed protagonist certainly have made a name for themselves with one of the smartest, darkest, funniest books you'll read this year."—David Abrams, author of FOBBIT

"THE SYMPATHIZER is a remarkable and brilliant book. By turns harrowing, and cut through by shards of unexpected and telling humor, this novel gives us the conflict in Vietnam, and its aftermath, in a way that is deeply truthful, and vitally important."—Vincent Lam, author of BLOODLETTING & MIRACULOUS CURES and THE HEADMASTER'S WAGER

"Trapped in endless civil war, 'the man who has two minds' tortures and is tortured as he tries to meld the halves of his country and of himself. Viet Thanh Nguyen accomplishes this integration in a magnificent feat of storytelling. THE SYMPATHIZER is a novel of literary, historical, and political importance."—Maxine Hong Kingston, author of THE FIFTH BOOK OF PEACE

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