Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

TRANAN SESSIONS | Viet Thanh Nguyen

VIET THANH NGUYEN was born in 1971 in Vietnam but grew up in the United States, where he fled with his parents as a four-year-old. He is a professor at the University of Southern California and regularly contributes as a writer to the New York Times and Time Magazine, where he has made a name […]

Vanity Fair | These Pulitzer Prize Winners are Getting Fresh Follow-Ups (But Don’t Say Sequels)

Elizabeth Strout, Jennifer Egan, and other best-selling authors are revisiting beloved characters from their prize-winning novels for Vanity Fair. After Andrew Sean Greer won the Pulitzer Prize for Less in 2018, his agent issued a single warning. “Literally, she said, ‘You can’t write a sequel to a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel,’ ” Greer recalls. This month, he launches Less Is Lost, the sequel to Less, about […]

The 10 Best Debut Novels of the Decade

In this article by Emily Temple for the Literary Hub, Temple discusses about the best debut novels of the past decade, including THE SYMPATHIZER. Friends, it’s true: the end of the decade approaches. It’s been a difficult, anxiety-provoking, morally compromised decade, but at least it’s been populated by some fine literature. We’ll take our silver […]


Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses growing up in the U.S. as a refugee from Vietnam, and how writing and reading helped him cope with this difficult experience in this episode of the American Masters Podcast. Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses growing up in the U.S. as a refugee from Vietnam, and how writing and reading helped him […]

Viet Thanh Nguyen – Writing is an urge from inside

Anh Trâm interviews Viet Thanh Nguyen about his novels, The Symapthizer, The Refugees, The Displaced, and Nothing Ever Dies for Runway. Người yêu văn chương xứ Việt hẳn đã từng nghe tên Việt Thanh Nguyễn – nhà văn gốc Việt đầu tiên đoạt giải Pulitzer văn học với tiểu thuyết đầu tay The Sympathizer. Trong […]

Viet Thanh Nguyen and the Vietnam wounds remained open

Renato Graziano reviews The Sympathizer and The Displaced by Viet Thanh Nguyen for Nuova Societa. Fra gli innumerevoli ospiti del recente Salone del Libro 2019, Viet Thanh Nguyen è fra i meno conosciuti ma, a mio modesto avviso, fra i più rilevanti e meritevoli di essere letti. Vietnamita di nascita (1971) arriva a quattro anni assieme alla […]

A different view of the war in Vietnam: Viet Thanh Nguyen at the Book Fair

Chiara Manetti discusses Viet Thanh Nguyen’s remarks at the Turin Book Fair for this article in Futura News. La Guerra in Vietnam raccontata da una prospettiva diversa, attraverso gli occhi di un protagonista insolito. Il simpatizzante di Viet Thanh Nguyen si pone lontano dalla tipica visione americana della Guerra in Vietnam, il conflitto durato un ventennio e […]

The Pulitzer Prize Viet Thanh Nguyen at the Book Fair: “I am censored in Vietnam”

Manuela Marascio discusses Viet Thanh Nguyen’s remarks of the Vietnam War at the Turin Book Fair in this article for Torin Oggi. L’autore dell’acclamato successo del 2015 “Il simpatizzante” ha parlato delle diverse percezioni tra Occidente e Oriente rispetto alla guerra vietnamita “Negli Stati Uniti ora avverto una regressione delle istanze democratiche. Ma credo sia […]


Anna Lattanzi interviews Viet Thanh Nguyen about his writing and novels in this article for Mangialibri. Incontro Viet Thanh Nguyen, apprezzato scrittore vietnamita-statunitense, al Salone del Libro di Torino 2019, elegante nel suo abito scuro, con un fare inizialmente serioso, che si scioglie in una stretta di mano e un sorridente buongiorno pronunciato con allegra […]

PEN Out Loud: Viet Thanh Nguyen, Maaza Mengiste and Lev Golinkin

Viet Thanh Nguyen, Maaza Mengiste, and Lev Golinkin discuss The Displaced, an essay collection by refugee writers at the Strand Bookstore. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen (The Sympathizer), and authors Maaza Mengiste (Beneath the Lion’s Gaze) and Lev Golinkin (A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka) discuss the critically acclaimed anthology The […]

An interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen

Piper French interviews Viet Thanh Nguyen about his books, The Sympathizer, The Refugees, and The Displaced in this article for Asymptote. In his nonfiction treatise on memory and the Vietnam War, Nothing Ever Dies, Viet Thanh Nguyen invokes the German writer W. G. Sebald’s concept of “secondhand memory”—the impact of war and trauma on those “seared […]