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BONUS – Interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen

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Special bonus track! An interview with The Sympathizer author Viet Thanh Nguyen

On April 18, 2016, The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen won the Pulitzer Prize in the fiction category. Less than a month later, USC Professor Nguyen’s nonfiction book Nothing Ever Dies was published. These were written together over the last 13 years or so, are part of Nguyen’s exploration of the underlying issues of war and the aftermath of war on those countless affected. The novel while dark, gives voice to the things we hide from ourselves as societies when we try to build a history. The lines between good and evil are not stark but squiggly and porous. The themes in both the novel and the nonfiction that follows it are vital to explore when thinking of public policy & governance in a global world. We discussed the novel on our September 2016 edition of the Book Club Podcast.

We are delighted to present this conversation with scholar Viet Thanh Nguyen, who was gracious enough to spend some time with our Acting Director, Aubrey Hicks.

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Two masterful works by USC scholar Viet Thanh Nguyen. Find them here.

Two masterful works by USC scholar Viet Thanh Nguyen. Find them here.


This podcast was produced by Aubrey Hicks and Jonathan Schwartz, recorded and mixed by Corey Hedden.

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