Viet Thanh Nguyen’s on Exploring Parallel Lives Through Writing

March 3, 2021 | 1 book mentioned

At the New York Times, Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses his newest book, The Committed, a sequel to the Pulitzer-winning The Sympathizer, and how it allows him to explore paths in life he may have missed. “That idea of an alternative life, parallel life, alternate universes, has always haunted me,” Nguyen says. “It haunts a lot of us who are refugees from Vietnam, what our lives could’ve been, and so I think that sense saturates my fiction and my nonfiction.”

is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

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