Reviews

Monocle Arts Review: The Refugees

John Mitchinson and Matt Alagiah discuss Viet Thanh Nguyen’s short story collection, The Refugees, along with new releases from Clover Stroud and Jacob Polley on the Monocle Arts Review. Click here to listen to the full podcast on Monocle, or read the transcript excerpt below. TRANSCRIPT Matt Alagiah: Let’s move on now to a collection… (read more)


The New Yorker: Refugees in America

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Viet Thanh Nguyen tells stories about people poised between their devastated homeland and their affluent adopted country. The following review was…(read more)

The Refugees: Stories of Anger, Humour and Hope

Set in Vietnam and among the Vietnamese communities of California, this accomplished collection from Pulitzer-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen sees characters face up to…(read more)

Alice Walker on The Sympathizer

Author and activist Alice Walker shares her thoughts on The Sympathizer. The following article was originally published on her official website. Was the Civil…(read more)

Pulitzer Winner Puts San Jose in Literary Spotlight

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s forthcoming collection The Refugees includes the short story, War Years, which recalls the bustling market his parents ran in San Jose.…(read more)

Library Journal Gives The Refugees a Starred Review

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s upcoming collection of stories,  The Refugees, is reviewed in the November 2016 issue of the Library Journal. Although publishing 10 months…(read more)

Refugee Pain: A Review of The Refugees

Rupert Winchester of The Mekong Review reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s newest short story collection, The Refugees (Grove Press: Feb 2017). When Viet Thanh Nguyen…(read more)

Radcliffe Magazine Reviews “Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War”

This review of “Nothing Ever Dies” appears in the summer 2016 edition of Harvard University’s Radcliffe Magazine.  While Viet Thanh Nguyen’s stirring argument for…(read more)

A Satirical and Political Indictment of the Vietnam War

Gautam Bhatia reviews The Sympathizer for The Wire India. Nguyen understands that the sheer magnitude of the destruction from the war cannot be effectively…(read more)

Memories of Vietnam in Memoriam

Micharl Orr reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s book Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War for Origins. How do people talk about wars they…(read more)

Two Sides of the Coin

Helmi Yusof reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer for Business Times Singapore. Earlier this year, Vietnamese-American novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen had millions of readers across…(read more)

Reconsidering the Work of a Chinese Immigrant Writer of the 1930s

Viet Thanh Nguyen reviews Hua Hsu’s A Floating Chinaman: Fantasy and Failure Across the Pacific. Originally posted as a New York Times Book Review…(read more)

The Sympathizer: Different Perspectives of the Vietnam War

Sudarshan Purohit of the New Indian Express reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel, The Sympathizer. They say history is written by the victors. In the…(read more)

Story vs. History: Competing Ambitions in Viet Thanh Nguyen’s THE SYMPATHIZER

Matt Matros reviews The Sympathizer for Ploughshares at Emerson College. Like many Gen-Xers, I don’t know as much as I should about the Vietnam…(read more)

The Moderate Voice Reviews Nothing Ever Dies

Shaun Mullen of The Moderate Voice reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s book, Nothing Ever Dies. Every American generation, it seems, has its own war. My…(read more)

Sympathizers and Innocents

Marc Eliot Stein reviews two new novels by Viet Thanh Nguyen and Dana Spiotta. Originally published on Literary Kicks. I recently enjoyed two new…(read more)