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Evenings with an author: Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer and The Refugees
Tuesday 27 June 2017, 19:30

Location : The American Library in Paris

Category : Adults

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Viet Thanh Nguyen speaks about his Pulitzer Prize-winning debut novel The Sympathizer, and his new short story collection The Refugees, which has a poignant dedication: "For all refugees, everywhere." Nguyen's stunning first novel about a spy with dual loyalties to country and himself is profound and beautifully crafted. The particular sorrow of exile and the chance of a better life in another place are themes found in both books. NPR praises The Refugees as "an urgent, wonderful collection that proves that fiction can be more than mere storytelling - it can bear witness to the lives of people who can't afford to forget." 


About the speaker

vietnguyenViet Thanh Nguyen received the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his first novel The Sympathizer, which became a New York Times bestseller. Other honors include the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction from the American Library Association, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Gold Medal in First Fiction from the California Book Awards. 


His other books are Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction) and Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America. Nguyen is the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. 


Read the article "Viet Thanh Nguyen: By the Book" in The New York Times where he explores the books he enjoyed as a child, everything from The Hardy Boys to Isaac Asimov's Foundation and Frank Herbert's Dune, to the books he's most looking forward to reading now.