Viet Thanh Nguyen Archive

Round–Up: MacArthur Fellows, California Wildfires, and Joni Mitchell

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From writers with "genius grants" to a new biography of Joni Mitchell, we've collected the latest literary news.

The Sympathizer and the National Imagination

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Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer re-situates history. 3 million Vietnamese died, and 58,000 American soldiers. A generation later, Nguyen has given this history an authentic voice—a voice that has been brushed aside, hidden from discourse, from textbooks, from individuals whose identities contain it.

The Refugee Narrative as Ghost Story

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Migration, especially for refugees, is a violent crossing. In Viet Thanh Nguyen’s story collection The Refugees and Mai Der Vang’s Afterland, the dead, and all else the living abandoned, refuse to be left behind. 

Killing the Messenger: A Dual Interview with Charles Baxter and Viet Thanh Nguyen on the Importance and the Stigma of Didactic (APIA) Fiction

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Inside the craft-obsessed, time-warped fiction workshop where literary realism has reigned supreme forever, the Show-Don’t-Tell maxim serves an important function in critique.

Beyond Sympathy: Seeing Myself in Viet Thanh Nguyen’s THE SYMPATHIZER

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Jacqueline Woodson, author of the National Book Award-winning Brown Girl Dreaming, said, "I think it’s so important for readers to see mirrors of themselves in books and to see that the people who wrote the books look like them, so that they can understand their own power and ability.”

Round-Up: Historic New Librarian of Congress, 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Long List, and Pokémon Go

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From the appointment of the first African American woman to the position of Librarian of Congress, to the Long List for the 2016 First Novel Prize, here are this week’s biggest literary news stories.

Story vs. History: Competing Ambitions in Viet Thanh Nguyen’s THE SYMPATHIZER

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Like many Gen-Xers, I don’t know as much as I should about the Vietnam War. Sure I’ve heard stories—from an uncle who cleared land mines, from a middle school teacher ravaged by Agent Orange.

Ploughshares Celebrates 45 Years! Summer 2016 Issue Now Available

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Ploughshares is pleased to announce the release of our Summer 2016 issue! This forty-fifth anniversary edition, guest edited by novelist Claire Messud and literary critic James Wood, includes new work from Viet Thanh Nguyen (winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize), Lydia Davis, Carys Davies, and more.

Round-Up: 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners, the Supreme Court and the Authors Guild Appeal, and Prince’s Memoir

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From the announcement of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners to Prince’s death, here’s last week’s literary news: The 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced. Literary winners include The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen for Fiction, Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T.J. Stiles