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The Sympathizer

Viet Thanh Nguyen.
Publisher Grove  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9780802124944
Pages/Publication Date 385/2016
Daedalus Item Code 69276
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(Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in the Adult Fiction category; finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize) This remarkable debut novel from Vietnamese-American university teacher Viet Thanh Nguyen is one of the most highly praised books of 2015, a blistering yet hilariously satirical exploration of identity, politics, and American culture that was named to numerous Best Book of the Year lists. The unnamed narrator is a man of two minds; half-French, half-Vietnamese, he was educated in America before becoming a captain in the South Vietnamese army. In the Fall of Saigon he escaped with some of his fellow officers to Los Angeles, yet still sends secret reports on their activities back to a friend in Vietnam's communist regime. But when the captain falls in love, he finds that his lofty political ideals and his loyalties to the people closest to him are in violent, unresolvable conflict.

"[The author] brings a distinctive perspective to the war and its aftermath. His book fills a void in the literature, giving voice to the previously voiceless.... 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 Carré.... In its final chapters, The Sympathizer becomes an absurdist tour de force that might have been written by a Kafka or Genet."—NYTBR (cover review)

"Laced with insight on the ways nonwhite people are rendered invisible in the propaganda that passes for our pop culture. . . . I haven't read anything since Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four that illustrates so palpably how a patient tyrant, unmoored from all humane constraint, can reduce a man's mind to liquid."—Washington Post

"The great achievement of The Sympathizer is that it gives the Vietnamese a voice and demands that we pay attention. Until now, it's been largely a one-sided conversation—or at least that's how it seems in American popular culture.... [The author] has a great deal to say and a knowing, playful, deeply intelligent voice.... There are so many passages to admire. Mr. Nguyen is a master of the telling ironic phrase and the biting detail, and the book pulses with Catch-22-style absurdities."—NYTimes

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