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Christian Lorentzen: Viet ThanhNguyen, 18 November 2021

The Committed 
by Viet ThanhNguyen.
Corsair, 345 pp., £8.99, March 2021, 978 1 4721 5253 4
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... The narrator​ of Viet ThanhNguyen’s pair of novels, The Sympathiser (2015) and The Committed, is one of the more irresistible characters in recent American fiction. He smokes, he drinks, he sniffs powders. He’s a playboy who sometimes can’t get it up. He’s a lowlife, a drug dealer, a street fighter ...

Did you hear about Mrs Binh?

Adam Mars-Jones: Viet ThanhNguyen, 18 May 2017

The Refugees 
by Viet ThanhNguyen.
Corsair, 209 pp., £12.99, February 2017, 978 1 4721 5255 8
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... novel, The Sympathiser, are clear-eyed and effective, uniform in length, evenly pitched in tone. Viet ThanhNguyen dedicates the book to ‘all refugees, everywhere’, but his focus is on those who came from Vietnam and settled in California. There are nuances of displacement, and in some ways the Vietnamese ...

I wouldn’t say I love Finland

Alexander Dziadosz: Love, Home, Country?, 24 March 2022

Voices of the Lost 
by Hoda Barakat, translated by Marilyn Booth.
Oneworld, 197 pp., £12.99, February 2021, 978 1 78607 722 6
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God 99 
by Hassan Blasim, translated by Jonathan Wright.
Comma, 278 pp., £9.99, November 2020, 978 1 905583 77 5
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... foreshadow, and Blasim’s name began to appear on festival line-ups and reading lists alongside Viet ThanhNguyen, Mohsin Hamid and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. A similar moment of celebrity is the engine of God 99. The book is a series of short stories, framed as interviews between the narrator (also called ...

Ho Chi Minh in Love

Tariq Ali, 22 November 2012

The Zenith 
by Duong Thu Huong, translated by Stephen Young and Hoa Pham Young.
Viking US, 509 pp., £25, August 2012, 978 0 670 02375 2
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... know about him was already in the public domain. Born in 1890 to a middle-ranking mandarin family, Nguyen Tat Thanh – the name he took at the age of ten – grew up in the village of Kim Lien in Nghe An province, a couple of hundred miles south of Hanoi. His father was a Confucian scholar who worked as an administrator ...

Vietnam’s Wars

V.G. Kiernan, 3 December 1981

Vietnam: The Revolutionary Path 
by Thomas Hodgkin.
Macmillan, 433 pp., £25, July 1981, 0 333 28110 1
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Death in the Ricefields: Thirty Years of War in Indochina 
by Peter Scholl-Latour, translated by Faye Carney.
Orbis, 383 pp., £6.95, September 1981, 0 85613 342 6
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Hollywood’s Vietnam 
by Gilbert Adair.
Proteus, 192 pp., £7.95, August 1981, 0 906071 86 0
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... Late Medieval and Early Modern absolutism in Europe about the same time. ‘The long reign of Le Thanh long (1460-97) marked the climax of the development,’ with the central apparatus and the bureaucracy trained on Confucian lines reinforced against ‘the oligarchic element’. There is a further odd parallelism between the troublous times that followed ...

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