Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Hereafter, Faraway

Viet Thanh Nguyen writes about his refugee experience in this essay for The New Yorker. My eternal scene takes place in a faraway country, the one in which I was born and of which I have no memory. My mother’s death was for me the closing of a door that had moved almost imperceptibly but […]

The New Yorker: Refugees in America

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Viet Thanh Nguyen tells stories about people poised between their devastated homeland and their affluent adopted country. The following review was written by Joyce Carol Oates for The New Yorker. Consider the distinctions between the words “expat,” “immigrant,” “refugee.” “Expat” suggests a cosmopolitan spirit and resources that allow mobility; to be an “immigrant” […]

Briefly Noted: Nothing Ever Dies

Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War is reviewed in The New Yorker‘s ‘Briefly Noted’ section. The winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize for fiction here examines the cultural memory of the Vietnam War, both in the U.S. and in Asia. In thematically arranged chapters—on remembrance, forgetting, and spectacle—he produces close readings of […]

Briefly Noted: The Sympathizer

The Sympathizer is reviewed in The New Yorker‘s ‘Briefly Noted’ section. This comic picaresque set in nineteen-seventies California is narrated by a Vietcong mole who has allowed himself to be groomed by the C.I.A.—to the point where the Vietnamese Communists no longer recognize this Beatles-loving person as one of their own. The novel’s best parts […]