Årets skönlitterära Pulitzerpris gick till Viet Thanh Nguyen, för romanen The Sympathizer

Viet Thanh Nguyen 
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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