“The Sympathizer” offers fresh look at Vietnam War

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Forty years ago marked the definitive end to the Vietnam War. The Americans evacuated and on April 30th, Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese communist forces.  Viet Thanh Nguyen was four years old. His family escaped Saigon and came to the United States as refugees in 1975. Nguyen’s new novel, The Sympathizer, takes place just after the end of the war. Unlike almost all other American books or films about the war, The Sympathizer’s main characters are Vietnamese, offering a fresh look at a contentious history.

Credits

Guest:
Viet Thanh Nguyen - Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist - @viet_t_nguyen

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Jolie Myers, Matt Holzman, Anna Scott, Christian Bordal