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About Viet Thanh Nguyen
Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in America. He is the author of The Committed, which continues the story of The Sympathizer, awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, alongside seven other prizes. He is also the author of the short story collection The Refugees; the nonfiction book Nothing Ever Dies, a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award; the children's book Chicken of the Sea, with his son Ellison and with Thi Bui and Hien Bui-Stafford; and is the editor of an anthology of refugee writing, The Displaced. He is a University Professor and the Aerol Arnold Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur foundations. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Winner of the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
“[A] remarkable debut novel.” —Philip Caputo, New York Times Book Review (cover review)
Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize, a startling debut novel from a powerful new voice featuring one of the most remarkable narrators of recent fiction: a conflicted subversive and idealist working as a double agent in the aftermath of the Vietnam War.
The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as seven other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a “man of two minds,” a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam.
The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship.
The sequel to The Sympathizer, which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and went on to sell over a million copies worldwide, The Committed tells the story of “the man of two minds” as he comes as a refugee to France and turns his hand to capitalism
The long-awaited follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Sympathizer, which has sold more than one million copies worldwide, The Committed follows the man of two minds as he arrives in Paris in the early 1980s with his blood brother Bon. The pair try to overcome their pasts and ensure their futures by engaging in capitalism in one of its purest forms: drug dealing.
Traumatized by his reeducation at the hands of his former best friend, Man, and struggling to assimilate into French culture, the Sympathizer finds Paris both seductive and disturbing. As he falls in with a group of left-wing intellectuals whom he meets at dinner parties given by his French Vietnamese “aunt,” he finds stimulation for his mind but also customers for his narcotic merchandise. But the new life he is making has perils he has not foreseen, whether the self-torture of addiction, the authoritarianism of a state locked in a colonial mindset, or the seeming paradox of how to reunite his two closest friends whose worldviews put them in absolute opposition. The Sympathizer will need all his wits, resourcefulness, and moral flexibility if he is to prevail.
Both highly suspenseful and existential, The Committed is a blistering portrayal of commitment and betrayal that will cement Viet Thanh Nguyen’s position in the firmament of American letters.
From the author of The Sympathizer, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, The Refugees is the second piece of fiction from a powerful voice in American letters, praised as “beautiful and heartrending” (Joyce Carol Oates, New Yorker), “terrific” (Chicago Tribune), and “an important and incisive book” (Washington Post).
Published in hardcover to astounding acclaim, The Refugees is the remarkable debut collection of short stories by Viet Thanh Nguyen, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel The Sympathizer. In these powerful stories, written over a period of twenty years and set in both Vietnam and America, Nguyen paints a vivid portrait of the experiences of people leading lives between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth.
With the same incisiveness as in The Sympathizer, in The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen gives voice to the hopes and expectations of people making life-changing decisions to leave one country for another, and the rifts in identity, loyalties, romantic relationships, and family that accompany relocation. From a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, to a woman whose husband is suffering from dementia and starts to confuse her for a former lover, to a girl living in Ho Chi Minh City whose older half-sister comes back from America having seemingly accomplished everything she never will, the stories are a captivating testament to the dreams and hardships of migration.
The second work of fiction by a major new voice in American letters, The Refugees is a beautifully written and sharply observed book about the aspirations of those who leave one country for another, and the relationships and desires for self-fulfillment that define our lives.
In The Displaced, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen, himself a refugee, brings together a host of prominent refugee writers to explore and illuminate the refugee experience. Featuring original essays by a collection of writers from around the world, The Displaced is an indictment of closing our doors, and a powerful look at what it means to be forced to leave home and find a place of refuge.
One World Two is the eagerly awaited follow-up to One World and another globe-trotting collection of stories. But it is more than simply an anthology of short fiction, as it contains representative literature from all over the world, conveying the reader on thought-provoking journeys across continents, cultures and landscapes.
One World Two is even more ambitious than Volume One in its geographic scope, featuring twenty-one writers drawn from every continent. Most of the stories are unique to this volume, while others are appearing for the first time in English (Egypt's Mansoura Ez-Eldin and Brazil's Vanessa Barbara). The themes and writing styles are as richly diverse as their writers' origins.
The collection is built around a loose theme of building bridges. It is interested in the human condition as a dynamic central line linking individuals, cultures and experiences: east and west, north and south, and, perhaps most importantly, past, present and future.
This book features established stars such as Edwidge Danticat (Breath, Eyes, Memory), Viet Thanh Nguyen (The Sympathizer) and Aminatta Forna (The Hired Man) and authors who are steadily building a reputation such as Fan Wu, Ana Menéndez and Daniel Alarcon.
In order of appearance, the authors are: Yewande Omotoso, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Heidi North-Bailey, Ana Menéndez, Mathew Howard, Okwiri Oduor, Desiree Bailey, Vamba Sherif, Alice Melike Ulgezer, Daniel Alarcon, Mansoura Ez-Eldin, Aminatta Forna, Nahid Rachlin, Samuel Munene, Vanessa Barbara, Ret'sepile Makamane, Fan Wu, Olufemi Terry, Balli Kaur Jaswal, Chris Brazier, and Edwidge Danticat. Edited and compiled by Ovo Adagha and Chris Brazier.
À la fois fresque épique, reconstitution historique et œuvre politique, un premier roman à l'ampleur exceptionnelle, qui nous mène du Saigon de 1975 en plein chaos au Los Angeles des années 1980. Saisissant de réalisme et souvent profondément drôle, porté par une prose électrique, un véritable chef-d'œuvre psychologique. La révélation littéraire de l'année.
Au Vietnam et en Californie, de 1975 à 1980
Avril 1975, Saïgon est en plein chaos. À l'abri d'une villa, entre deux whiskies, un général de l'armée du Sud Vietnam et son capitaine dressent la liste de ceux à qui ils vont délivrer le plus précieux des sésames : une place dans les derniers avions qui décollent encore de la ville.
Mais ce que le général ignore, c'est que son capitaine est un agent double au service des communistes.
Arrivé en Californie, tandis que le général et ses compatriotes exilés tentent de recréer un petit bout de Vietnam sous le soleil de L.A., notre homme observe et rend des comptes dans des lettres codées à son meilleur ami resté au pays. Dans ce microcosme où chacun soupçonne l'autre, notre homme lutte pour ne pas dévoiler sa véritable identité, parfois au prix de décisions aux conséquences dramatiques. Et face à cette femme dont il pourrait bien être amoureux, sa loyauté vacille...
Prix Pulitzer 2016, Prix Edgar du Meilleur Premier Roman 2016, finaliste du prix PEN/Faulkner, un premier roman choc.
Translation Prize 2018 de la French-American Foundation
MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, "Genius Grant", 2017
Lauréat de l'Association for Asian American Studies Award for Best Book in Creative Writing (Prose) 2017
Prix Pulitzer 2016
Prix Edgar 2016
Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction 2016
Prix Dayton Literary Peace for Fiction 2016
Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature (Adult Fiction) 2015-2016
California Book Award for First Fiction 2016
Prix Center for Fiction First Novel 2015
En esta extraordinaria novela, Viet Thanh Nguyen nos introduce en la mente de este agente doble, un hombre cuyos nobles ideales le exigirán que traicione a su gente más cercana. Una novela de espías que atrapa al lector, una audaz exploración del extremismo político y una conmovedora historia de amor. El simpatizante recorre una vida entre dos mundos y analiza el legado de la guerra de Vietnam en la literatura y el cine, así como las guerras que emprendemos en el presente.
Protagonista del nuovo romanzo è ancora il giovane Capitano dell’esercito sudvietnamita che, nel Simpatizzante, dopo la caduta di Saigon nel 1975, ripara negli Stati Uniti e, all’insaputa dell’amico e fratello di sangue Bon e del generale capo della Polizia Nazionale sudvietnamita, invia i suoi rapporti a Man, suo addestratore tra le fila Vietcong. Trascorsi gli anni americani nella condizione di estraneità e invisibilità propria di un rifugiato e di una spia comunista, agli inizi degli anni Ottanta, con in tasca il passaporto di un certo Vo Danh, il simpatizzante sbarca a Parigi in compagnia dell’inseparabile Bon. La Francia, il paese della lunga dominazione coloniale in Indocina, ha concesso ai due fratelli di sangue l’agognato diritto d’asilo. È l’occasione per entrambi di lasciarsi alle spalle le dolorose ferite del passato. Un’occasione da coltivare attraverso la più pura delle attività capitalistiche, offerta dal Boss vietnamita trasferitosi dal campo di Palau Galang a Parigi: lo spaccio e il commercio di droga. Per Bon rappresenta la possibilità di smettere d’essere un ospite sgradito. Per il simpatizzante, che ha trascorso buona parte della sua vita a credere in qualcosa nel cui cuore non c’era che il nulla, semplicemente un’altra possibilità data al nulla. Un nulla, questa volta, che rende Parigi una città dal fascino torbido e che fa degli intellettuali engagés della sinistra francese frequentati a casa della “zia” vietnamita, cui Man l’ha indirizzato, nient’altro che una fedele clientela delle sostanze del Boss. Un nulla che rende, infine, arduo realizzare il compito che alberga da sempre nell’animo del simpatizzante: la riconciliazione tra i fratelli di sangue di un tempo, Bon e Man, che la Storia, con le sue crudeltà e le sue cieche passioni e speranze, ha collocato su fronti opposti.
Con la forza di una scrittura ammaliante e di una trama serrata, in cui party con droga e prostitute e roulette russa segnano lo scorrere degli eventi, Il militante costituisce una splendida conferma del talento di Viet Thanh Nguyen nel coniugare la suspense della spy story con il grande romanzo di idee.
«Il militante è molte cose. Un thriller letterario rovente travestito da bruciante romanzo di idee. Un’opera in cui redenzione e dannazione si offrono allo sguardo. Un esame imperturbabile dei pericoli della fede e, nello stesso tempo, della necessità di credere. Un seguito rispettoso dell’originale e poi in grado di superarlo. Un capolavoro». Marlon James
«Un libro feroce... Esilarante, sovversivo, filosofico e allucinatorio, molto più di un seguito del primo, un necessario nuovo capitolo di un brillante, imponente corpus anticoloniale». Tommy Orange
Hanno detto de Il simpatizzante:
«Un personaggio memorabile… con cuore e mente profondamente divisi. La mirabile descrizione che Nguyen avanza della personalità ambivalente del suo eroe ne fa uno scrittore degno di maestri quali Conrad, Greene e le Carré».
The Pacific has long been a space of conquest, exploration, fantasy, and resistance. Pacific Islanders had established civilizations and cultures of travel well before European explorers arrived, initiating centuries of upheaval and transformation. The twentieth century, with its various wars fought in and over the Pacific, is only the most recent era to witness military strife and economic competition. While “Asia Pacific” and “Pacific Rim” were late twentieth-century terms that dealt with the importance of the Pacific to the economic, political, and cultural arrangements that span Asia and the Americas, a new term has arisen—the transpacific. In the twenty-first century, U.S. efforts to dominate the ocean are symbolized not only in the “Pacific pivot” of American policy but also the development of a Transpacific Partnership. This partnership brings together a dozen countries—not including China—in a trade pact whose aim is to cement U.S. influence. That pact signals how the transpacific, up to now an academic term, has reached mass consciousness.
Recognizing the increasing importance of the transpacific as a word and concept, this anthology proposes a framework for transpacific studies that examines the flows of culture, capital, ideas, and labor across the Pacific. These flows involve Asia, the Americas, and the Pacific Islands. The introduction to the anthology by its editors, Janet Hoskins and Viet Thanh Nguyen, consider the advantages and limitations of models found in Asian studies, American studies, and Asian American studies for dealing with these flows. The editors argue that transpacific studies can draw from all three in order to provide a critical model for considering the geopolitical struggle over the Pacific, with its attendant possibilities for inequality and exploitation. Transpacific studies also sheds light on the cultural and political movements, artistic works, and ideas that have arisen to contest state, corporate, and military ambitions. In sum, the transpacific as a concept illuminates how flows across the Pacific can be harnessed for purposes of both domination and resistance.
The anthology’s contributors include geographers (Brenda S. A. Yeoh, Weiqiang Lin), sociologists (Yen Le Espiritu, Hung Cam Thai), literary critics (John Carlos Rowe, J. Francisco Benitez, Yunte Huang, Viet Thanh Nguyen), and anthropologists (Xiang Biao, Heonik Kwon, Nancy Lutkehaus, Janet Hoskins), as well as a historian (Laurie J. Sears), and a film scholar (Akira Lippit). Together these contributors demonstrate how a transpacific model can be deployed across multiple disciplines and from varied locations, with scholars working from the United States, Singapore, Japan and England. Topics include the Cold War, the Chinese state, U.S. imperialism, diasporic and refugee cultures and economies, national cinemas, transpacific art, and the view of the transpacific from Asia. These varied topics are a result of the anthology’s purpose in bringing scholars into conversation and illuminating how location influences the perception of the transpacific. But regardless of the individual view, what the essays gathered here collectively demonstrate is the energy, excitement, and insight that can be generated from within a transpacific framework.