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The Sympathizer

(2015)
(The first book in the Sympathizer series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Book (nominee)
Edgar Awards Best First Book
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book (nominee)
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book
***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's Book Club Suggestions

Genre: Thriller

Praise for this book

"Remarkable . . . His book fills a void in the literature, giving voice to the previously voiceless . . . Compares favorably with masters like Conrad, Greene, and le Carré . . . An absurdist tour de force that might have been written by a Kafka or Genet." - Philip Caputo


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Hardback Editions

February 2016 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Sympathizer
Author(s): Viet Thanh Nguyen
ISBN: 1-4721-5173-9 / 978-1-4721-5173-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corsair
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October 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Sympathizer (Thorndike Press Large Print Reviewers' Choice)
Author(s): Viet Thanh Nguyen
ISBN: 1-4104-8262-6 / 978-1-4104-8262-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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April 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Sympathizer
Author(s): Viet Thanh Nguyen
ISBN: 0-8021-2345-7 / 978-0-8021-2345-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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Paperback Editions

June 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Sympathizer: Hachette Essentials
Author(s): Viet Thanh Nguyen
ISBN: 1-4721-5491-6 / 978-1-4721-5491-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corsair
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February 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Sympathizer-Signed Edition for Bn
Author(s): VIET THANH NGUYEN
ISBN: 0-8021-2770-3 / 978-0-8021-2770-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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April 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
Author(s): Viet Thanh Nguyen
ISBN: 0-8021-2494-1 / 978-0-8021-2494-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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April 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Sympathizer: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Author(s): Viet Thanh Nguyen
ISBN: 1-4721-5136-4 / 978-1-4721-5136-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corsair
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November 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Sympathizer
Author(s): Viet Thanh Nguyen
ISBN: 1-4721-5137-2 / 978-1-4721-5137-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corsair
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Audio Editions

November 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: Sympathizer
Author(s): Viet Thanh Nguyen
ISBN: 1-978604-89-0 / 978-1-978604-89-6
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance
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June 2017 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: The Sympathizer
Author(s): Viet Thanh Nguyen
ISBN: 1-4893-8897-4 / 978-1-4893-8897-1 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/Audible audio
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June 2017 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: The Sympathizer
Author(s): Viet Thanh Nguyen
ISBN: 1-4893-8898-2 / 978-1-4893-8898-8 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/Audible audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


June 2017 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Sympathizer, The
Author(s): Viet Thanh Nguyen
ISBN: 1-5436-1802-2 / 978-1-5436-1802-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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October 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Sympathizer
Author(s): Viet Thanh Nguyen
Publisher: Audible Studios
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October 2016 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Sympathizer
Author(s): Viet Thanh Nguyen
Publisher: Audible Studios
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October 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Sympathizer
Author(s): Viet Thanh Nguyen
Publisher: Audible Studios
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December 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Sympathizer: A Novel
Author(s): Viet Thanh Nguyen
Publisher: Audible Studios
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December 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Sympathizer: A Novel
Author(s): Viet Thanh Nguyen
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

August 2015 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Sympathizer: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Author(s): Viet Thanh Nguyen
Publisher: Corsair
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April 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
Author(s): Viet Thanh Nguyen
Publisher: Grove Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA