Viet Thanh Nguyen Foto: Viet Thanh Nguyen Viet Thanh Nguyen undervisar i English and American Studies vid University of Southern California och han bor i Los Angeles.
Viet Thanh Nguyen föddes i Vietnam och familjen flyttade till USA 1975 när han var liten. The Sympathizer är Thanh Nguyens första roman. Han har tidigare publicerat tre fackböcker och ett antal noveller. Prisvinnaren tilldelas 10 000 dollar. " For distinguished fiction published in book form during the year by an
American author, preferably dealing with American life"../.
"A profound, startling, and beautifully crafted debut novel, The Sympathizer is
the story of a man of two minds, someone whose political beliefs clash
with his individual loyalties. In dialogue with but diametrically
opposed to the narratives of the Vietnam War that have preceded it, this
novel offers an important and unfamiliar new perspective on the war:
that of a conflicted communist sympathizer.
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. Viet Thanh Nguyen’s astonishing novel takes us
inside the mind of this double agent, a man whose lofty ideals
necessitate his betrayal of the people closest to him. 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." Källa: Pulitzer.org