Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Le Colonial is an Orientalist specter

In this article by Soleil Ho for the San Francisco Chronicle, Soleil and Viet discuss enduring colonial fantasies and misbegotten nostalgia over plates of chile wontons and Blue Hawaiian drinks garnished with red plastic dragons. My name used to give me a lot of grief. France was always an object of fascination for my mother, […]

Daniel Ellsberg among finalists for California Book Awards

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees is a finalist for the California Book Awards, alongside Daniel Ellsberg’s The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. Article by John McMurtrie originally published by The San Francisco Chronicle. Daniel Ellsberg became a household name in the 1970s after releasing the Pentagon Papers, the infamous documents that would help […]

Best of 2017: 100 recommended books

The San Francisco Chronicle reviews The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen and lists it on its 2017 recommended book list.  The Refugees, by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove; 209 pages; $25). Nguyen’s stories take a quietly profound peek into the lives of Vietnam’s deracinated and dispossessed.

SF Chronicle Reviews The Refugees

Rayyan Al-Shawaf of the San Francisco Chronicle reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s new short story collection, The Refugees. If you’re still unconvinced that “nothing ever dies,” a chilling expression that served as the title of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s 2016 nonfiction work about the lingering effects of the Vietnam War, you should meet the characters populating “The […]

Pulitzer Winner Viet Thanh Nguyen Explores War and its Aftermath

Elizabeth Rosner of the San Francisco Chronicle reviews Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War. “All wars are fought twice,” writes Viet Thanh Nguyen. “The first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory.” It’s a notion that Nguyen, born in Vietnam in 1971 and raised in San Jose, has been exploring […]

SF Gate Reviews The Sympathizer

Thomas Chatterton Williams reviews Viet Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer for SF Gate. The unnamed narrator (he is simply “the captain) in “The Sympathizer,” Viet Thanh Nguyen’s powerful and evocative first novel, leads a divided life in every possible way. The son of a Vietnamese mother and a French priest, he is a spy, he explains, […]