A Man of Two Faces
With insight, humor, formal invention, and lyricism, in A Man of Two Faces Viet Thanh Nguyen rewinds the film of his own life in a highly original, blistering, and unconventional memoir.
He expands the genre of personal memoir by acknowledging larger stories of refugeehood, colonization, and ideas about Vietnam and America.
Chicken of the Sea
The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives
The Refugees is a collection of perfectly formed stories written over a period of twenty years, exploring questions of immigration, identity, love, and family.Kirkus Reviews says “many of the stories might have been written by a modern Flaubert, if that master had spent time in San Jose or Ho Chi Minh City.”
Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War
All wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory. Nothing Ever Dies, a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction, explores a conflict that endures in Vietnamese and American memories.Marilyn B. Young, author of The Vietnam Wars, calls this book “Beautifully written, powerfully argued, thoughtful, provocative.”
Transpacific Studies: Framing an Emerging Field
The Sympathizer tells of a communist spy in the Vietnam War’s aftermath. Black comedy, literary thriller, and historical novel, The Sympathizer was a New York Times bestseller and the debut of 2016.Winner of eight book awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and Edgar Award, The Sympathizer is, in Maxine Hong Kingston’s words, “a magnificent feat of storytelling.”
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About Viet Thanh Nguyen
Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and numerous other awards. His most recent publication is his memoir, A Man of Two Faces. His other books are the sequel to The Sympathizer, The Committed; a short story collection, The Refugees; Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award in General Nonfiction); and Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America. He has also published Chicken of the Sea, a children’s book written in collaboration with his son, Ellison. He is a University Professor, the Aerol Arnold Chair of English, and a Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations, he is also the editor of The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives.