Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

The Refugees: Rough Crossings

A collection of short stories delicately captures the traumas and triumphs of the migrant experience. The following review by Fatima Bhutto originally appeared in the Financial Times. Who are we when we lose our footing? When — by the stroke of circumstance and politics — we belong nowhere and everywhere at once? Viet Thanh Nguyen’s […]

Viet Thanh Nguyen on Being a Refugee, an American — and a Human Being

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and Vietnam war refugee reflects on American identity. The following article was originally published in the Financial Times. I am a refugee, an American, and a human being, which is important to proclaim, as there are many who think these identities cannot be reconciled. In March 1975, as Saigon was about […]

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. On the American side, the war has mostly been immortalised in the memoirs of people who witnessed it, from Philip Caputo to Michael Herr to Nathaniel Tripp. These are intense recreations […]