Viet Thanh Nguyen
Viet Thanh Nguyen is an associate professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.
He is the author of the novel The Sympathizer. He also authored Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and co-edited Transpacific Studies: Framing an Emerging Field.
The Sympathizer won the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction from the American Library Association, and the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in Fiction from the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association. It is also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, an Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America, and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. The novel made it to over thirty book-of-the-year lists, including The Guardian, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Amazon.com, Slate.com, and The Washington Post. In April 2016 The Sympathizer won The Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.
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