The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) (Paperback)

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I don't often read war novels. But I wanted to see why this first time novelist won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature this year. It is because he is a fantastic writer and he tells an amazing story. It is the end of the Viet Nam war and the Americans are pulling out taking only a select number of supporters with them. Our unlikely hero, is one of the lucky ones. Born of a Vietnamese mother and a European Catholic priest father, he is also a double agent, trained in warfare and torture by the CIA and yet reporting regularly to the communist regime. And he is trying to live in America. His first person monologue on war, on being Asian, on being Asian in America, and on Americans in general is so wise, so profound and so true, I found myself reading passages over again, just to fully understand his insights. And the story is great as well. Caught up in the delusions of the general he serves still in the bay area, and his own feelings about the superior nature of communism, he agrees to return to Viet Nam to try to retake his country. This is a story so full of human frailty and imperfection, that all humans can relate to it. It's not an easy read, but it is a great story by a writer who has much to say about the human condition.

— From Staff Recommendations

April 2015 Indie Next List


“The Sympathizer is a fascinating and highly original novel about the Vietnam War and its aftermath. The unnamed narrator, a South Vietnamese captain, works for the Americans while spying for the Viet Cong. After the evacuation of Saigon, he follows an American general to the U.S. and finds himself torn between two worlds: his new life in the West among his fellow political refugees and his sympathies for the Communists back home. Nguyen injects much dark humor into this tragic story, and the narrator's voice is both subversive and unforgettable. The Sympathizer will be one of the most talked-about novels of the year.”
— Pierre Camy, Schuler Books & Music, Grand Rapids, MI

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The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as six other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a "man of two minds," a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship.

About the Author


Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in America. He is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the academic books Race and Resistance and Nothing Ever Dies. He is a cultural critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times and teaches English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He lives in Los Angeles.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780802124944
ISBN-10: 0802124941
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: April 12th, 2016
Pages: 384
Language: English