Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Complete fiction: why ‘the short story renaissance’ is a myth

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees is listed as a notable short story collection in this article for The Guardian. Article by Chris Power originally published by The Guardian. In 2017, almost 50% more short story collections were sold than in the previous year. It was the best year for short stories since 2010. Booksellers are […]

MacArthur ‘genius grants’ go to novelists Viet Thanh Nguyen and Jesmyn Ward

Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant recipient

The Guardian’s Alison Flood writes a piece highlighting Viet Thanh Nguyen and Jesmyn Ward as two recipients of the 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant. Viet Thanh Nguyen and Jesmyn Ward, two novelists exploring how writers from minority communities must “claim the same rights” as the majority, have landed $625,000 (£470,000) MacArthur fellowships, popularly known as “genius […]

The Refugees: Stories of Anger, Humour and Hope

Set in Vietnam and among the Vietnamese communities of California, this accomplished collection from Pulitzer-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen sees characters face up to the ghosts of the past. This review by Yiyun Lee was originally published by The Guardian.  About 15 years ago, I taught A Problem from Hell, Samantha Power’s book on genocides, to […]

Viet Thanh Nguyen: Winning the Pulitzer Changed the Value of My Book and Myself

The author recalls the dreamlike state in which he wrote his Pulitzer-winning novel The Sympathizer, and wishes for the private joy he felt while writing it. Originally published on The Guardian on July 26, 2016.  How I wrote my novel: in isolation, in a dream that lasted, on average, four hours a day at the laptop […]

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen review – a bold, artful debut

Randy Boyagoda reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel, The Sympathizer, for The Guardian. This hot and sprawling tale captures the horror and absurdity of the Vietnam war and its aftermath.  ‘I am a spy, a sleeper, a spook, a man of two faces. Perhaps not surprisingly, I am also a man of two minds. I am […]