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San Jose Native Viet Thanh Nguyen Wins Pulitzer Prize for 'The Sympathizer'

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 (Viet Thanh Nguyen)

When Viet Thanh Nguyen sat down to pen “The Sympathizer,” his debut novel about a Vietnamese spy who flees wartime Saigon, Nguyen channeled his own experience as an immigrant. He says exploring that “feeling between two worlds” was central to his writing process. The book was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in April. He joins us in-studio to talk about literature’s top prize, life as a refugee and the role that marginalization and resistance play
in his work.


Viet Thanh Nguyen, author, "The Sympathizer" and "Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War; associate professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California


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