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THE SYMPATHIZER

*** WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016 *** WINNER OF THE EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL 2016 WINNER OF THE CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN FICTION 2016 'A fierce novel written in a refreshingly high style and charged with intelligent rage' Financial Times 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. '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 'Beautifully written and meaty' Claire Messud '[A] remarkable debut novel . . . In its final chapters, The Sympathizer becomes an absurdist tour de force that might have been written by a Kafka or Genet' New York Times 'This debut is a page-turner (read: everybody will finish) that makes you reconsider the Vietnam War ... Nguyen's darkly comic novel offers a point of view about American culture that we've rarely seen' Oprah.com (Oprah's Book Club Suggestions)

  • EAN 9781472151360
  • Disponibilité Disponible
  • Nombre de pages 384 Pages
  • Longueur 20 cm
  • Largeur 13 cm
  • Poids 402 g
  • Distributeur Olf

Viet Thanh Nguyen

  • Pays : Etats-unis
  • Langue : Anglais (etats-unis)

Viet Thanh Nguyen est né au Vietnam en 1971. Après la chute de Saigon, il fuit le pays avec toute sa famille et rejoint les États-Unis en cargo, comme des milliers de boat people. D'abord réfugiés dans un camp en Pennsylvanie, les Nguyen s'établissent en Californie.ÿÉtudiant diplômé de Berkeley, Viet Thanh Nguyen devient professeur à l'université South California et entame en parallèle l'écriture de son premier roman, Le Sympathisant, qui s'impose dès sa sortie comme un immense succès critique et commercial. Finaliste des plus grands prix littéraires, dont le PEN/Faulkner, et consacré par le prix Pulitzer en 2016, traduit dans vingt-cinq langues, il lui vaut et qui lui vaut d'être comparé aussi bien à John Le Carré qu'à Saul Bellow.ÿViet Thanh Nguyen est également l'auteur d'un essai finaliste du National Book Award, Nothing Ever Dies, sur la guerre du Vietnam dans la mémoire collective, américaine et asiatique, ainsi que d'un recueil de nouvelles, The Refugees. Ces deux livres sont à paraître chez Belfond.ÿIl vit à Los Angeles, avec son épouse et leur fils.

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