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The Sympathizer: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Paperback – 12 April 2016

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  • Publisher : Corsair; 1st edition (12 April 2016)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1472151364
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1472151360
  • Dimensions : 13.1 x 3.3 x 19.9 cm
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[A] remarkable debut novel ... His book fills a void in the literature, giving voice to the previously voiceless ... An absurdist tour de force that might have been written by a Kafka or Genet ― New York Times Book Review

Extraordinary ... Surely a new classic of war fiction ... [Nguyen] has written a cerebral thriller around a desperate expat story that confronts the existential dilemmas of our age ... I haven't read anything since Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four that illustrates so palpably how a patient tyrant, unmoored from all human constraint, can reduce a man's mind to liquid ― Washington Post

This debut is a page-turner (read: everybody will finish) that makes you reconsider the Vietnam War ... Nguyen's darkly comic novel offers a point of view about American culture that we've rarely seen ― Oprah.com (Oprah’s Book Club Suggestions)

The satire is delicious ― New Yorker

The Sympathizer reads as part literary historical fiction, part espionage thriller and part satire. Nguyen knows of what he writes ― Los Angeles Times

This impressive debut contains a Whitman-like multiplicity ... A bold, artful and globally minded reimagining of the Vietnam war ... The Sympathizer is an excellent literary novel, and one that ends, with unsettling present-day resonance, in a refugee boat where opposing ideas about intentions, actions and their consequences take stark and resilient human form. ― Guardian, Randy Boyagoda

At times brutal, other times laugh-out-loud funny . . . I'm considering reading it again, just to see what I might've missed the first time around ― The Pool

An important new perspective on the Vietnam War . . . The Sympathizer will both startle and grip you ― BuzzFeed

An early frontrunner for debut novel of the year ― Flavorwire (10 Must-Read Books for April)

I cannot remember the last time I read a novel whose protagonist I liked so much. Smart, funny, and self-critical, with a keen sense of when to let a story speak for itself ... [Nguyen] proves a gifted and bold satirist ― Barnes & Noble Review

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[A] remarkable debut novel . . . [Nguyen] brings a distinctive perspective to the war and its aftermath. His book fills a void in the literature, giving voice to the previously voiceless while it compels the rest of us to look at the events of 40 years ago in a new light. But this tragicomic novel reaches beyond its historical context to illuminate more universal themes . . . The nameless protagonist-narrator, a memorable character despite his anonymity, is an Americanized Vietnamese with a divided heart and mind. Nguyen's skill in portraying this sort of ambivalent personality compares favorably with masters like Conrad, Greene, and le Carre. . . . Both thriller and social satire. . . . In its final chapters, The Sympathizer becomes an absurdist tour de force that might have been written by a Kafka or Genet. - Philip Caputo, New York Times Book Review

Viet Thanh Nguyen's The Sympathizer brilliantly draws you in with the opening line: "I am a spy, a sleeper, a spook, a man of two faces." It's thrilling, rhythmic, and astonishing, as is the rest of Nguyen's enthralling portrayal of the Vietnam War. The narrator is an undercover communist agent posing as a captain in the Southern Vietnamese Army. Set during the fall of Saigon and the years after in America, the captain spies on the general and the men he escaped with, sharing his information with his communist blood brothers in coded letters. But when his allegiance is called into question, he must act in a way that will haunt him forever. Political, historical, romantic and comic, The Sympathizer is a rich and hugely gratifying story that captures the complexity of the war and what it means to be of two minds. - Al Woodworth, Amazon Best Book of April 2015

Not only does Viet Thanh Nguyen bring a rare and authentic voice to the body of American literature generated by the Vietnam War, he has created a book that transcends history and politics and nationality and speaks to the enduring theme of literature: the universal quest for self, for identity. The Sympathizer is a stellar debut by a writer of depth and skill - Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

Trapped in endless civil war, 'the man who has two minds' tortures and is tortured as he tries to meld the halves of his country and of himself. Viet Thanh Nguyen accomplishes this integration in a magnificent feat of storytelling. The Sympathizer is a novel of literary, historical, and political importance. - Maxine Hong Kingston, author of The Fifth Book of Peace

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