Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Sydney Writer’s Festival | Viet Thanh Nguyen: A Man of Two Faces

“I am a spy, a sleeper, a spook, a man of two faces”, begins Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel, The Sympathizer, the internationally acclaimed bestseller that was recently adapted into an HBO series starring Sandra Oh and Robert Downey Jr. 

This duality is also at the heart of Viet’s highly original memoir, A Man of Two Faces, which details with sardonic wit and incisive analysis the double consciousness of a Vietnamese refugee growing up in North America.  

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel, The Sympathizer, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and numerous other awards. His most recent publication is A Man of Two Faces: A Memoir, A History, A Memorial. His other books are The Committed, a short story collection, The RefugeesNothing Ever Dies and Race and Resistance. He has also published Chicken of the Sea, a children’s book written in collaboration with his son, Ellison. He is a University Professor 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.

Viet Thanh Nguyen appears thanks to the support of Fiona and Matthew Playfair.

Sydney Writer’s Festival | Viet Thanh Nguyen: A Man of Two Faces


May 23 2024


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Carriageworks, Bay 17
245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, NSW, 2015
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