Link of the week

IMG_8850_resized I am sticking with the theme of the Vietnam War this week with two links to celebrate the awarding of the Pulitzer-prize for the novel “The Sympathizer” – a black comedy about the war and its aftermath by American-Vietnamese author Viet Thanh Nguyen.

First, a recent interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen by John Freeman from The Literary Hub, which covers the award-winning  novel as well as Nguyen’s more recent non-fiction book Nothing Ever Dies which deals with how memories of the Vietnam and other wars are being constructed.

Talking to Pulitzer-prize winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen

The second is an an older piece from 2011 by Nguyen himself  which looks at the vexed question of cultural authenticity:

“On not being Vietnamese” by Viet Tanh Nguyen





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