The Sympathizer
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The Sympathizer


The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as five 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.

Title:The Sympathizer
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:371 pages

    The Sympathizer Reviews

  • Duy Nguyen
    Mar 16, 2015

    Being an English major from UCBerkeley and an Artistic Director of Asian American Theater Company for 3 years, I've run across a lot of Asian American works. Though my heart is always with these stori...

  • Elyse
    Feb 11, 2015

    Another Update (2nd update)--- I've been reading through my Kindle book again the last few days of this book --looking over my notes -taking new ones.--Our local book club is meeting to talk about "Th...

  • Angela M
    Feb 08, 2017

    This is without a doubt an important story to tell. " ....thousands of refugees wailed as if attending a funeral, the burial of their nation, dead too soon, as so many were, at a tender twenty- one ye...

  • Ron Charles
    Mar 16, 2015

    Forty years ago this month, after a long, deadly release of flatulence from American politicians, the United States evacuated its personnel from Saigon in an operation appropriately code-named Frequen...

  • Diane S ?
    Feb 12, 2017

    Pulitzer Prize winner and I don't always agree, and such is the case here. A very worthy book, a book with so many truisms, such as this one "booted hard by the irony of how revolution fought for inde...

  • Adina
    Dec 20, 2016

    I am a spy, a sleeper, a spook, a man of two faces. Perhaps not surprisingly, I am also a man of two minds. With these words Viet Thanh Nguyen decides to start the novel and these two sentences were ...

  • Roxane
    Mar 28, 2017

    So clever and witty but also gripping....

  • Melki
    Feb 14, 2017

    My mother was native, my father was foreign, and strangers and acquaintances had enjoyed reminding me of this ever since my childhood, spitting on me and calling me bastard, although sometimes, for va...

  • Michael
    Feb 28, 2017

    If you ever struggle with your feelings and understanding about America’s role in the Vietnam War, this book could give you a useful framework to both widespread blaming and forms of forgiveness to ...

  • Perry
    May 23, 2016

    Powerful Personalization of Vietnamese and Vietnam War's Fallout [Winner of 2015 Pulitzer Price in Literature]This novel profoundly personalized for me the Vietnam War and the Vietnamese in a way no m...

About Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen is the author of the novel The Sympathizer (Grove Press, 2015). He also authored Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (Oxford University Press, 2002) and co-edited Transpacific Studies: Framing an Emerging Field (University of Hawaii Press, 2014). An associate professor at the University of Southern California, he teaches in the departments of English and