Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

A refugee writer wins a ‘genius grant’ for his depictions of the displaced

Viet Thanh Nguyen, MacArthur fellow

Carol Hills and Marco Werman of Public Radio International interview Viet Thanh Nguyen as a recipient of a MacArthur grant. Vietnamese American writer Viet Thanh Nguyen describes himself as “numb and shocked” after winning a MacArthur “genius grant.” The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Sympathizer,” his debut novel, was cited by the MacArthur Foundation for “challenging popular depictions […]

Reckoning with the Vietnam War

Author Viet Thanh Nguyen is featured on The Takeaway, a co-production of WNYC Radio and Public Radio International hosted by John Hockenberry. Listen to the full interview in the audio player or read the transcript below. It’s the second and final day of President Obama’s visit to Vietnam. After ending a decades-long arms embargo that had been […]

Looking at the Vietnam War’s Aftermath through the Eyes of a Communist Spy

Viet Thanh Nguyen is interviewed by Monica Campbell on Public Radio International. This article is based on the radio show, which you can listen to through the audio player below. “I am a spy, a sleeper, a spook, a man of two faces,” reads the opening line of the “The Sympathizer.” The man who says […]