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Visiting Writers' Series LibGuide: Viet Thanh Nguyen

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Viet Thanh Nguyen's remarkable debut novel, The Sympathizer, won the Pulitzer Prize and made the finalist list for the PEN/Faulkner award. The Committed, the long-awaited follow-up to The Sympathizer, was published in 2021 and has been called "a masterwork" and "revelatory". Viet's book Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War was a finalist for the National Book Award. His collection of short stories, The Refugees, explores questions of immigration, identity, love, and family. In 2018, Viet called on 17 fellow refugee writers from across the globe to shed light on their experiences, and the result is the Displaced, a powerful dispatch from the individual lived behind current headlines, with proceeds to support the International Rescue Committee.

Viet was the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Grant. The MacArthur foundation noted that Viet's work "not only offers insight into the experiences of refugees past and present, but also poses profound questions about how we might more accurately and conscientiously portray victims and adversaries of other wars." Along with teaching at the University of Southern California, he works as a cultural critic-at-large for The Los Angeles Times. Viet lives in LA with his wife and two children. 


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Delbrook Visiting Writers Series. Butler University. https://www.butler.edu/arts-sciences/english/visiting-writers/. Accessed 9 September 2022.


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