The Sympathizer: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (Paperback)
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2016

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.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781472151360
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 304 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A fierce novel written in a refreshingly high style and charged with intelligent rage.' - The Financial Times 

'This impressive debut contains a Whitman-like multiplicity ... A bold, artful and globally minded reimagining of the Vietnam war ... The Sympathizer is an excellent literary novel, and one that ends, with unsettling present-day resonance, in a refugee boat where opposing ideas about intentions, actions and their consequences take stark and resilient human form.' - The Guardian

'[A] remarkable debut novel ... His book fills a void in the literature, giving voice to the previously voiceless ... An absurdist tour de force that might have been written by a Kafka or Genet' - The New York Times Book Review 

'Beautifully written and meaty' - Claire Messud 

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“Complex, insightful and gripping”

'The Sympathizer' is huge. Not huge in just page number, although at around 500 it's certainly substantial. Nguyen writes a story of love (both awkward and forbidden), war, espionage and torture, in all... More

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