Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Library Journal Gives The Refugees a Starred Review

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s upcoming collection of stories,  The Refugees, is reviewed in the November 2016 issue of the Library Journal. Although publishing 10 months after Viet Thanh Nguyen won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for The Sympathizer, this collection precedes his novel by decades (the earliest entry dates from 1997). In a pre-Pulitzer interview, Nguyen credits his 15-year experience “characterized by drudgery and […]

Refugee Pain: A Review of The Refugees

Rupert Winchester of The Mekong Review reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s newest short story collection, The Refugees (Grove Press: Feb 2017). When Viet Thanh Nguyen rocketed into the global literary pantheon last year with the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, it was only natural that publishers should start looking for other Vietnamese-born writers to join the bandwagon. […]

The Straits Times Reviews The Sympathizer

Lee Xin En reviews The Sympathizer for The Straits Times. American-born Vietnamese writer (correction: Vietnamese-born, Vietnamese-American writer) Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel on the Vietnam War is a sorely needed, intelligent novel about the complexities of war, beliefs and ideology through the eyes of a complex protagonist. It fills the gap in Vietnam war literature […]

Toronto Star: Review of The Sympathizer

James Grainger of the Toronto Star reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel, The Sympathizer. The unnamed narrator of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s astounding debut novel, The Sympathizer, will be compared to the morally exhausted spies, intelligence officers and double agents of Joseph Conrad, Graham Greene and John le Carré. Originally drawn to professional espionage by a desire to put […]

Vietnam War’s Double-Agent Tale Offers Valuable New Perspective

John Kendle from Winnipeg Free Press reviews The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel. The Vietnam War has been a recurrent subject and theme in American popular culture since the 1970s. Movies, memoirs, novels, academic histories — all have examined and re-examined the war’s effect on just about every aspect of American life. Without fail, […]

The Moderate Voice Reviews The Sympathizer

Shaun Mullen of The Moderate Voice reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel, The Sympathizer. The analogy is imperfect, but will suffice: The Sympathizer, the remarkable debut novel by Viet Thanh Nguyen, is a terrific bookend to Fire In the Lake, the Frances FitzGerald classic. While one book is fiction and the other nonfiction, both tell the […]

Shifting Loyalties, Guilt And Betrayal Inform Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Dazzling Debut Novel About Vietnam, ‘The Sympathizer’

Tricia Springstubb reviews The Sympathizer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Welcome a unique new voice to the literary chorus. Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel “The Sympathizer” (Grove Atlantic, 384 pp., $26) is, among other things, a character-driven thriller, a political satire, and a biting historical account of colonization and revolution. It dazzles on all fronts. […]

Booklist Gives The Sympathizer Starred Review

Booklist Online‘s Bryce Christensen gave Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel a starred review. Adept in the merciless art of interrogation, the nameless spy who narrates Nguyen’s dark novel knows how to pry answers from the unwilling. Unexpectedly, however, this Vietnamese Communist sympathizer finds himself being tortured by the very revolutionary zealots he has helped make […]

The Sympathizer Book Review: An Ambivalent Look at the Vietnam War

Veronica An of Dumpling Magazine reviews The Sympathizer. “Sympathizer” is a noun describing someone who offers sympathy or moral support. Yet, the main character in Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer can seem quite un-sympathetic at times. His sly nature and calculating thoughts make him at once compelling and repulsive. A mixed-race man struggling between […]

JFK and the Diem Assassination: Not Exactly a Profile in Courage

David Wilson praises Viet Thanh Nguyen’s new novel The Sympathizer. Originally published in The VVA Veteran, a publication of the Vietnam Veterans of America. Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in the United States. He teaches English and American studies at the University of Southern California. He is the author of an […]

Book review: The Sympathizer – spy tale a microcosm of Vietnam war

Kit Gillett reviews The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel. Originally published by South China Morning Post. As the North Vietnamese forces rapidly approach Saigon in the dying days of the Vietnam war, loyalists to the southern regime start to panic, as do others fearing what will happen next. Tens of thousands try to board […]

Kirkus Gives The Sympathizer Starred Review

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel The Sympathizer is featured in Kirkus Reviews Feb 1, 2015 issue. A closely written novel of after-the-war Vietnam, when all that was solid melted into air. As Graham Greene and Robert Stone have taught us, on the streets of Saigon, nothing is as it seems. The racist suppositions of the […]

Library Journal Reviews The Sympathizer

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer is featured on Barbara’s Picks for the Library Journal.   After a long, long war, April 1975 saw the fall of Saigon—or its liberation, if you take the North Vietnamese perspective. For the narrator of this big, bold debut, it’s both; he’s a Communist sympathizer working as a double agent […]