Nguyen, born in Vietnam and raised in the U.S., teaches history at the University of Southern California. His first novel starts with the 1975 collapse of Saigon and follows a group of upper-echelon Vietnamese on one of the last helicopter flights out. The General, his family, and the Captain, who narrates this account, wind up in California. While the General opens a liquor store and then a restaurant, the Captain maintains a vigorous second life as a spy, reporting to the Communists back home. Sometimes humorous, often angry, this explosive narrative investigates questions of divided loyalties, exploring what it means when the personal and the political clash.
Viet Thanh Nguyen - The Sympathizer
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 7:00pm to 7:30pm
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Fiction & Poetry
Not Signed or Personalized