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Nguyen, Viet Thanh, 1971-

The Sympathizer / Viet Thanh Nguyen. - 393 pages ; 21 cm

Includes a new essay and author interview

Follows a Viet Cong agent as he spies on a South Vietnamese army general and his compatriots as they start a new life in 1975 Los Angeles "It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his trusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start a new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain, is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet Cong. The Sympathizer is the story of this captain: a man brought up by an absent French father and a poor Vietnamese mother, a man who went to university in America, but returned to Vietnam to fight for the Communist cause. A gripping spy novel, an astute exploration of extreme politics, and a moving love story, The Sympathizer explores a life between two worlds and examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars we fight today"--Amazon.com

Text in English

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 2016


Vietnamese fiction--California--Los Angeles.
Soldiers--Vietnam (Republic)--Fiction.
Communists--Vietnam (Republic)--Fiction.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Fiction.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Vietnam (Republic)--Fiction.

Spy stories.
Historical fiction.
Spy fiction.

PS3614.G97 / .S96 2015


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