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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 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Winner of the 2016 Edgar Award for Best First Novel
Winner of the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction


“[A] remarkable debut novel.” —Philip Caputo, New York Times Book Review (cover review)

Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize, a startling debut novel from a powerful new voice featuring one of the most remarkable narrators of recent fiction: a conflicted subversive and idealist working as a double agent in the aftermath of the Vietnam War.

The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as seven other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a “man of two minds,” a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. 

The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship.

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
Availability: Amazon UK   


Audio Editions

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


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: The Sympathizer
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