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The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) (Hardcover)

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“The Sympathizer is a fascinating and highly original novel about the Vietnam War and its aftermath. The unnamed narrator, a South Vietnamese captain, works for the Americans while spying for the Viet Cong. After the evacuation of Saigon, he follows an American general to the U.S. and finds himself torn between two worlds: his new life in the West among his fellow political refugees and his sympathies for the Communists back home. Nguyen injects much dark humor into this tragic story, and the narrator's voice is both subversive and unforgettable. The Sympathizer will be one of the most talked-about novels of the year.”
— Pierre Camy, Schuler Books & Music, Grand Rapids, MI


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Winner of the 2016
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Winner of the 2016 Edgar
Award for Best First Novel
Winner of the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal
for Excellence in

One of the
New York Times's 100 Best Books of the 21st Century

of TIME's 100 Best Mystery and Thriller Books of All

" A] remarkable debut novel."--Philip
Caputo, New York Times Book Review (cover

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

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
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.

About the Author

Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in America. He is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the academic books Race and Resistance and Nothing Ever Dies. He is a cultural critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times and teaches English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780802123459
ISBN-10: 0802123457
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: April 7th, 2015
Pages: 384
Language: English