Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

ABC RN | A Man of Two Faces

We last spoke with Professor Viet Thanh Nguyen nine years ago about his debut novel The Sympathizer, which went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. His new memoir covers his family’s journey from Vietnam in the 1970’s fleeing war, to life as a refugee in America. The memoir is called A Man of […]

RNZ | Viet Thanh Nguyen on being Vietnamese and American

As a child watching the film Apocalypse Now, writer Viet Thanh Nguyen felt split in two – was he one of the Americans doing the killing or one of the Vietnamese being killed? “That moment really brought home to me this idea that stories don’t only have the power to save us but that stories have the […]

The Spectator | Viet Thanh Nguyen: A Man of Two Faces

Viet Thanh Nguyen

In this week’s Book Club podcast my guest is the Pulitzer prize winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen, whose new book is the memoir A Man of Two Faces. He tells me about the value of trauma to literature, learning about his history through Hollywood, falling asleep in class… and the rotten manners of Oliver Stone for The […]

RTE Radio | Interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen – A Man of Two Faces

Vietnamese-American novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen spoke to Sean O’Rourke about his memoir ‘A Man of Two Faces‘ for RTE Radio Listen to interview here Read below for transcript Sean: Nguyen was born in what was previously known as South Vietnam in 1971. Four years later, after the fall of Saigon, his family was forced to […]

The American Philosophical Association (APA) Fall 2023, Volume 23, Number 1| “Memory, Identity, Representation : A Conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of The Sympathizer”

The modern age, Edward W. Said poignantly observes, is largely the age of the refugee, an era of displaced people from mass immigration. Writing about what it means to be a refugee, he admits, is, however, deceptively hard. Because the anguish of existing in a permanent state of homelessness is a predicament that most people […]

NPR| Books We Love 2023

A Man of Two Faces: A Memoir, a History, a Memorial Book critic, Thuy Dinh, adds A Man of Two Faces to NPR’s 2023 list of ‘Books We Love’ Viet Thanh Nguyen Combining elements of stand-up comedy and slam poetry, the author of The Sympathizer and The Refugees tells a story that aligns his personal trajectory of moving to […]

Audible | The 18 Best Bios & Memoirs of 2023

“In turns heartrending and quick-witted, these candid listens are exemplars of the genre”. With the arrival of each new year comes a fresh array of bios and memoirs, each holding a uniquely intimate take on what it means to be human. These 18 listens represent just a few of the very best released in 2023—living, […]

Best Memoirs of 2023 | Oprah Daily

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read,” wrote the late, great, and infinitely quotable James Baldwin. In these six memoirs, writers lay bare their own stories—and may even help you make sense of yours. Some of their experiences are almost universally relatable, like […]

Poured Over Podcast | Viet Thanh Nguyen on A MAN OF TWO FACES

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s new memoir, A Man of Two Faces, is an unconventional and impeccable personal narrative that tackles the author’s own life alongside larger themes of culture and colonization. Nguyen joined us live at The Grove to talk about understanding his own story through writing, his interpretations of memory and more with Miwa Messer, […]