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Ploughshares Reviews The Refugees

The cover of Mai Der Vang's Afterland to the left, and Viet Thanh Nguyen's The Refugees on the right

Ploughshares‘ Yasmin Majeed writes a review on Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees and Mai Der Vang’s Afterland, exploring both as a ghost story. “When we migrate we murder from our lives those we leave behind,” wrote Mohsin Hamid in his heralded novel of the contemporary refugee crisis, Exit West. Migration, especially for refugees, is a violent crossing. When […]

Killing the Messenger: A Dual Interview with Charles Baxter and Viet Thanh Nguyen on the Importance and the Stigma of Didactic (APIA) Fiction

Jackson Bliss conducts a dual interview with authors Charles Baxter and Viet Thanh Nguyen for Ploughshares. Inside the craft-obsessed, time-warped fiction workshop where literary realism has reigned supreme forever, the Show-Don’t-Tell maxim serves an important function in critique: it warns writers from taking shortcuts in their own drafts and encourages them to “do the (technical) work” […]

Story vs. History: Competing Ambitions in Viet Thanh Nguyen’s THE SYMPATHIZER

Matt Matros reviews The Sympathizer for Ploughshares at Emerson College. Like many Gen-Xers, I don’t know as much as I should about the Vietnam War. Sure I’ve heard stories—from an uncle who cleared land mines, from a middle school teacher ravaged by Agent Orange. But my own father lucked into a high lottery number, and […]