The Sympathizer

The Sympathizer Cover

The Sympathizer

By Viet Thanh Nguyen

Grove Press, Hardcover, 9780802123459, 384pp.

Publication Date: April 7, 2015

The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, compared by critics to the works of Graham Greene, Denis Johnson, and George Orwell, "The Sympathizer" is a blistering exploration of identity, politics, and America, wrought in electric prose. The narrator, a Vietnamese army captain, is a man of divided loyalties, a half-French, half-Vietnamese communist sleeper agent in America after the end of the Vietnam War. A powerful story of love and friendship, and a gripping espionage novel, "The Sympathizer" examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars we fight today.

About the Author
Viet Thanh Nguyen is Associate Professor of English and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.

Saturday, Apr 11, 2015

Viet Thanh Nguyen grew up in America with war movies like Apocalypse Now and Platoon, which offer accounts of the war focusing on Americans. His new novel, The Sympathizer, follows a Vietnamese spy. More at

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