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...

  • Ron Charles
    Apr 01, 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...

  • Elyse
    Apr 18, 2016

    Update: exciting news.... This book just won the Pulitzer Prize for this year!!!!!!!!!!!!! VERY EXCITING!!!! VERY Cool!!!!The year is 1975 at the start. As communist tanks are about to roll into Saigo...

  • Perry
    Aug 06, 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...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Sep 27, 2016

    I read this book for many reasons - Pulitzer winner, and a book club pick for my in-person group. We discussed it last night, and I wanted to wait to weigh in until that discussion, but also until I h...

  • Stephen P
    Jun 13, 2016

    So now what is there to do? Still awake and it is four fifteen in the morning. These gales of endless emotions have ripped through these past three hours in my wordless torment and wonder. Devoting my...

  • Snotchocheez
    May 25, 2016

    3.5 starsI can see how The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen's complex novel focusing on the post-Vietnam War experience, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction this year. It's plenty thought-provoking and ...

  • Bam
    Aug 19, 2016

    *4.5 stars. Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction as well as several other awards! Pretty impressive for an author's debut novel. I was the fortunate winner of a goodreads giveaway for this bo...

  • Trish
    May 16, 2016

    “War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothin’!”—from “War” by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, Motown, 1969Nguyen uses the trope of a spy to articulate the experience of “the immigra...

  • Jill
    May 03, 2015

    It’s been decades since the Vietnam War has been declared over and still, many of us wrestle with why we were ever there to begin with. Now a very talented author brings new grist to the table with ...

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