Reviews

Booklist Gives Nothing Ever Dies a Starred Review

Donna Seaman reviews Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War for Booklist. Nguyen’s debut novel, The Sympathizer (2015), a complex tale of…(read more)

The Guardian: The Sympathizer is ‘A Bold, Artful Debut’

Randy Boyagoda reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel, The Sympathizer, for The Guardian. This hot and sprawling tale captures the horror and absurdity of the…(read more)

ArtsHub Reviews The Sympathizer

A compelling spy story, a black comedy, a war story, The Sympathizer is also a piercing, revealing look at American attitudes to Asia and…(read more)

Library Journal Reviews Nothing Ever Dies

Joshua Wallace of the Library Journal reviews Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War. What does it mean to remember a war?…(read more)

Kirkus Reviews: Nothing Ever Dies is “Powerful”

Kirkus Reviews calls Viet’s new book “powerful,” in the first pre-publication review of Nothing Ever Dies, coming out in April from Harvard University Press.…(read more)

The Irish Times: Crime Fiction Reviews

Declan Burke features The Sympathizer on their list of crime fiction reviews. Read the rest of the article on The Irish Times.The Sympathizer (Corsair,…(read more)

Review of Christopher Sorrentino’s The Fugitives

Viet Thanh Nguyen reviews Christopher Sorrentino’s The Fugitives. Originally posted as a New York Times Sunday Book Review on February 19, 2016. Kat Danhoff is a…(read more)

Financial Times Reviews The Sympathizer

Lawrence Osborne reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer. Originally published by The Financial Times. The literature of the Vietnam war is curious in its incompleteness.…(read more)

The Straits Times Reviews The Sympathizer

Lee Xin En reviews The Sympathizer for The Straits Times. American-born Vietnamese writer (correction: Vietnamese-born, Vietnamese-American writer) Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel on the…(read more)

In The Mix: The Sympathizer

Robert Speer reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel, The Sympathizer, for Chico News & Review. There have been many superb books set against the backdrop…(read more)

John Powers’ List Of What He Wishes He Had Reviewed In 2015

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer is featured at the top of Fresh Air critic John Power’s list of media he wishes he had…(read more)

Politician’s Funeral Pyre

Viet Nguyen’s debut novel The Sympathizer is reviewed by Cecilia Quirk of the Melbourne Review of Books. The Vietnam War, it will be no…(read more)

The Saturday Paper Reviews The Sympathizer

CG praises Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel, The Sympathizer, in their review for The Saturday Paper. “The best kind of truth,” observes the narrator of…(read more)

Sydney Morning Herald’s Pick of the Week: The Sympathizer

Cameron Woodhead of the Sydney Morning Herald reviews The Sympathizer. Viet Thanh Nguyen’s​ The Sympathizer is a brilliant tragicomedy on the Vietnam War and its aftermath.…(read more)

Spying with Sympathy and Love

Pat C. Hoy II reviews Viet Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer for The Sewanee Review literary magazine. This review appeared in volume 123, Fall 2015. I have…(read more)

The Globe and Mail Reviews The Sympathizer

Jade Colbert reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer along with other debut novels for The Globe and Mail. The adage goes, “History is written…(read more)