Confessions of a “complicated” spy

This review of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer by Nikos Xeniou was originally published by Book Press. «Ο ήρωάς μου είναι γυναικάς, αλκοολικός, κατάσκοπος κι…(read more)

Just Buffalo’s BABEL: Viet Thanh Nguyen

Lizzie Finnegan reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Nothing Ever Fies: Vietnam and the Memory of War for The Public. “I was born in Vietnam but made in…(read more)

Man of two minds

This review of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer by Robert Linens Jr. was originally published by the Times-News. Having dual faces is the basis of…(read more)

Spies Like Us: A Professor Undercover in the Literary Marketplace

Timothy K. August discusses The Sympathizer and other novels by Viet Thanh Nguyen in this review for Literature Interpretation Theory.  Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer…(read more)

Tellus Folio Review: Viet Thanh Nguyen’s “The Refugees”

Marisa Cecchetti reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees for Tellus Folio. Ci sono tragiche migrazioni che rischiano di essere dimenticate, nel rumore assordante delle fughe attuali da…(read more)

Everyone gets what they deserve in this Vietnam novel

This German review of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer by Katharina Borchardt was originally published by Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Sprachlich lässt er es krachen, inhaltlich ist er…(read more)

Remembering One Another’s Inhumanity: On Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Vietnam War

This review of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Nothing Ever Dies and The Sympathizer by Judy Tzu-Chun Wu was featured in Volume 52, Issue 1 of the Journal…(read more)

The eyes silent to see the wound

Nguyen Vinh Nguyen reviews The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen for Tuổi Trẻ. TTCT – Ấy là khi con mắt nhìn vào vết thương cộng…(read more)

Nguyen Thanh Viet – Refugees

In this review for Tiếp Thị Thế Giới, Ngân Hà discusses The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Phần lớn người Việt Nam đọc sách, xem…(read more)

The finest fiction of 2017 were gifts of light and grace amid war and displacement

Olivia Ho names Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees as one of the ten best works of fiction in 2017 for The Straits Times. War…(read more)

Viet Thanh Nguyen Provided a Light of Truth in Dark 2017

Gary Singh offers his take on censorship of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees for Metroactive. When each year concludes, the anti-man-about-town usually feels obligated to yack…(read more)

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer: Two Hearts in My Chest

Marius of Buch-Haltung reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer. Originally published on the Buch-Haltung website. Ich bin ein Spion, ein Schläfer, ein Maulwurf, ein Mann mit…(read more)

21 books we loved in 2017

Amy Wang of Oregon Live reviews The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Viet Thanh Nguyen, “The Refugees” (Grove Atlantic, 240 pages, $16) This collection…(read more)


The staff at Interview Magazine name Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees as one of the ten best books of 2017. 10. How To Murder Your Life,…(read more)

Best of 2017: 100 recommended books

The San Francisco Chronicle reviews The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen and lists it on its 2017 recommended book list.  The Refugees, by Viet Thanh…(read more)

Electric Literature’s 15 Best Short Story Collections of 2017

Electric Literature acknowledges Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees as one of the 15 best short story collections of 2017. We love short stories around…(read more)