The Sympathizer
The Sympathizer
Viet Thanh Nguyen

Cracks the veneer. —Recommended by Tân, City Lights Books

Also recommended by Peter, Andy & Paul, City Lights Books

A profound, startling, and beautifully crafted debut novel, The Sympathizer is the story of a man of two minds, someone whose political beliefs clash with his individual loyalties.

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.

Title The Sympathizer
Author Viet Thanh Nguyen
Publisher Grove Press
Title First Published 01 April 2016
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 384 p.
ISBN-10 0802124941
ISBN-13 9780802124944
Publication Date 01 April 2016
Main content page count 384
Weight 16 oz.

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