Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

REVIEW: Lecture: Race, War, and Refugees with Viet Thanh Nguyen

Fareah Fysudeen reports on Viet Thanh Nguyen’s reading and discussion of his books at the University of Michigan in this article for [art]seen.  Viet Thanh Nguyen received critical acclaim for his book The Sympathizer, earning a Pulitzer Prize in 2016 and a string of other awards and recognitions. It was to the utmost excitement of the […]

Pulitzer prize-winning author discusses refugee identity, storytelling

Aaron Baker of Michigan Daily reports on Viet Thanh Nguyen’s lecture about refugees and the Vietnamese perspective at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen, a professor at the University of Southern California, spoke Tuesday to a packed Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre on the perceptions of refugees and the Vietnamese perspective of the […]

Interview with the New Orleans Review

This interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen for the New Orleans Review was conducted by Elizabeth Sulis Kim. Viet Thanh Nguyen, the Vietnamese-American author and Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, was a recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Grant in 2017. His works include The Sympathizer, which was awarded the […]

Losing My Son to Reading

Viet Thanh Nguyen shares his feelings on the independence reading provides in relation to his young son in this opinion piece for The New York Times.  Books helped me gain independence. So it saddens me just a bit to see my son reading on his own. Do you remember when you learned to read? Like most […]

Delightful Listening: A Conversation Between Viet Thanh Nguyen with Arundhati Roy

This conversation between Viet Thanh Nguyen and Arundhati Roy, whose latest novel is The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (2017), took place at the New York Public Library and was published by the LA Review of Books. To listen to the conversation, click here. ARUNDHATI ROY: Thank you. I feel I must clarify this hooker that won the Booker business. What […]

Leah Franqui Recommends A Reading List About Culture Shock

Lea Franqui lists The Sympathizer on her list of books about Culture Shock in this feature for Electric Lit.  I moved to Mumbai, India almost three years ago so I’m intimately acquainted with the concept of culture shock. When I wrote my debut novel, America for Beginners, I was curious to see how immigrants and visitors […]

Viet Thanh Nguyen on Identity, War, and The Sympathizer’s Sequel

Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses identity, war, and The Sympathizer’s sequel in this interview conducted by the Les Cahiers Du Nem admin. For his startling and brilliant debut novel on the Vietnam War, The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen was awarded with the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2016. In France, he received the “Prix du Meilleur Livre étranger” […]


Emily Temple of the Literary Hub lists The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen in her list of nine American novels by foreign authors.  First things first: what exactly is a Great American Novel? Opinions have long been divided on the subject, and the truth is, one person’s GAN is another’s trashy beach read. Er, probably. Still, I think […]

Revolutionary Crime Fiction

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer makes the Crime Reads list of 21 Crime Novels Set During Revolutions and Rebellions. In honor of the 4th of July, we decided to celebrate crime fiction set during all revolutions, even those that succeeded only in establishing themselves in our collective historical memory. No matter the revolution, these works share some […]

Modern Language Association Publishes Forum on Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Work

The Modern Language Association publishes a forum of articles on Viet Thanh Nguyen’s books in the PMLA March 2018 issue.      Articles Included: Slips and Slides by Sarah Chihaya Vietnam, the Movie: Part Deux by Sylvia Shin Huey Chong Un-American: Refugees and the Vietnam War by Yogiya Goyal The Lasting Lure of the Asian Mystery […]

Paul Beatty In Conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen

In fall 2017, the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute hosted Beatty and Nguyen for an onstage conversation for Believer Magazine.  A double agent and a sellout. A French Vietnamese man concealed to nearly everyone around him, and a black American who is a stranger in his own hometown. These are the narrators of The […]


Tracy Sharpley reviews the best books about the Vietnam War for BookRiot and lists The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen in the fiction category.  There was a time when all I knew of Vietnam war books was Tim O’Brien’s, The Things They Carried, a book that prompted the laconic entry in my book journal, “This book destroyed […]

Viet Thanh Nguyen on the Power of Imagining & Building New Futures

Alexandra Da Dalt discusses the impact of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s talk about refugees, immigrant, communities of color, and writing in this piece for Rain International.   “The xenophobic tendencies of American society, which have always been with us, are experiencing a resurgence.” To celebrate the release of The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives, author, […]