Forty years after the fall of Saigon, the Vietnam War still looms large in our culture. Writers have offered takes on the conflict ranging from the historic to the satiric since, but Viet Thahn Nguyen – a Vietnamese-American – noticed that the focus of these works was typically American-centric. His debut novel – ‘The Sympathizer’ – challenges that perspective, exploring the aftermath of the fall through the eyes of a Viet Cong spy. We talk with Nguyen about that war’s legacy and the way writers shape how we remember.

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  • Viet Thanh Nguyen Author, 'The Sympathizer;' associate professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California

Read An Excerpt From “The Sympathizer”

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