The Sympathizer

Author: Viet Thanh Nguyen
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ISBN: 9781472151735
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Nothing Ever Dies

Author: Viet Thanh Nguyen
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 067466034X
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Nothing Ever Dies, Viet Thanh Nguyen writes. All wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory. From the author of the bestselling novel The Sympathizer comes a searching exploration of a conflict that lives on in the collective memory of both the Americans and the Vietnamese.

The Displaced

Author: Viet Thanh Nguyen
Publisher: Abrams
ISBN: 9781419729485
Size: 10.87 MB
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In January 2017, Donald Trump signed an executive order stopping entry to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries and dramatically cutting the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the United States each year. The American people spoke up, with protests, marches, donations, and lawsuits that quickly overturned the order. But the refugee caps remained. In The Displaced, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen, himself a refugee, brings together a host of prominent refugee writers to explore and illuminate the refugee experience. Featuring original essays by a collection of writers from around the world, The Displaced is an indictment of closing our doors, and a powerful look at what it means to be forced to leave home and find a place of refuge.

Ozone Journal

Author: Peter Balakian
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022620703X
Size: 78.98 MB
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"A sequel of sorts to "Ziggurat," published in the Phoenix Poets series in 2010, the title poem from "Ozone Journal" recounts the memory of the speaker's excavating the bones of Armenian genocide victims in the Syrian desert with a TV journalist crew in 2009. The speaker "dreams back," as it were, to the 1980s, when, as a young man in his thirties and caring for a young daughter after a recent divorce, he is having to juggle both personal and cultural/historical complexities living as a single parent in Manhattan. The poems create a montage that has the feel of history as lived experience, with the speaker struggling with the nature of memory as the poems move constantly back and forth to the Syrian desert, the dissolution of his marriage, visits and conversations with a cousin dying of AIDS, and encounters with famous jazz producers at Columbia Records to discuss music. In this book, Peter Balakian aims at the bigger picture of humanity's history of atrocity and trauma, but through short vignettes grounded in everyday situations, and in particular times and places"--Publisher's info.

Race Resistance

Author: Viet Thanh Nguyen
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780195146998
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Viet Nguyen argues that Asian American intellectuals need to examine their own assumptions about race, culture and politics, and makes his case through the example of literature.

Summary Of The Sympathizer

Author: Fastreads
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781544850979
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PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary, analysis and review of the book and not the original book. Viet Thanh Nguyen won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (and six other awards) with this 2016 book, The Sympathizer. It is a harrowing and masterful tale of identity, culture, and the balance between good and evil. Nguyen's book combines both the pace and suspense of a suspense-thriller with a literary prowess reserved for the greats. This FastReads Summary & Analysis offers supplementary material to The Sympathizer to help you distill the key takeaways, review the book's content, and further understand the writing style and overall themes from an editorial perspective. Whether you'd like to deepen your understanding, refresh your memory, or simply decide whether or not this book is for you, FastReads Summary & Analysis is here to help. Absorb everything you need to know in under 20 minutes! What does this FastReads Summary Include? Executive summary of the original book Chapter-by-chapter synopses Key Takeaways from each chapter Editorial Review Original Book Summary Overview The narrator, a 'man with two minds' is a half-French, half-Vietnamese bastard child who feels out of place in both cultures, and fittingly works as a communist double agent during the Vietnam War. His world upends after the Fall of Saigon sends him to live in America with other war refugees, though he continues reporting back to his Communist leaders still in Vietnam. Split between these two worlds, the narrator finds himself confronted with atrocities and forced to combat the darkest, most repressed memories in his own psyche in order to find the healing process for cleaving himself back together. In an style of writing both explosive and deep, author Viet Thanh Ngyen brings the harsh reality of the Vietnam War to an international audience, putting a distinctively Southeast Asian lens on a conflict that is often only understood from the perspective of the Western aggressors. BEFORE YOU BUY: The purpose of this FastReads Summary is to help you decide if it's worth the time, money and effort reading the original book (if you haven't already). FastReads has pulled out the essence-but only to help you ascertain the value of the book for yourself. This analysis is meant as a supplement to, and not a replacement for, The Sympathizer.

The Refugees

Author: Viet Thanh Nguyen
Publisher: Grove Press
ISBN: 9780802126399
Size: 67.48 MB
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A collection of stories written over a twenty-year period that examines the Vietnamese experience in America as well as questions of home, family, and identity.

The Orphan Master S Son

Author: Adam Johnson
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0552778257
Size: 21.60 MB
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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION 2013 'You know you are in the hands of someone who can tell a story ... fantastic' ZADIE SMITH Pak Jun Do knows he is special. He knows he must be the son of the master of the orphanage, not some kid dumped by his parents - it was obvious from the way his father singled him out for beatings. He knows he is special when he is picked as a spy and kidnapper for his country, the glorious Democratic Republic of North Korea. He knows he must find his true love, Sun Moon, the greatest opera star who ever lived, before it's too late. He knows he's not like the other prisoners in the camp. He's going to get out soon. Definitely

Bloodletting Miraculous Cures

Author: Vincent Lam
Publisher: Anchor Canada
ISBN: 0307372022
Size: 63.28 MB
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Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures welcomes readers into a world where the most mundane events can quickly become life or death. By following four young medical students and physicians – Ming, Fitz, Sri and Chen – this debut collection from 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Vincent Lam is a riveting, eye-opening account of what it means to be a doctor. Deftly navigating his way through 12 interwoven short stories, the author explores the characters’ relationships with each other, their patients, and their careers. Lam draws on his own experience as an emergency room physician and shares an insider’s perspective on the fears, frustrations, and responsibilities linked with one of society’s most highly regarded occupations. “I wanted to write about the way in which a person changes as they become a physician — how their world view shifts, and how they become a slightly different version of themselves in the process of becoming a doctor,” Lam explains. “I wanted to write about the reality that doing good and trying to help others is not simple. It is ethically complicated and sometimes involves a reality that can only be expressed by telling a story.” In the book’s first story, “How to Get into Medical School, Part 1,” students Ming and Fitz wrestle with their opposing personalities and study techniques, while coming to terms with a growing emotional connection that elicits disapproval from Ming’s traditional Chinese-Canadian parents. Lam’s exceptional talent for describing scenarios with great precision is showcased in “Take All of Murphy,” when Ming, Chen, and Sri find themselves at a moral crossroads while dissecting a cadaver. Throughout the book, readers are treated to the physicians’ internal thoughts and the mental drama involved with treating patients, including Fitz’s struggle with self-doubt in “Code Clock” and Chen’s boredom and exhaustion in “Before Light.” From delivering babies to evacuating patients and dealing with deadly viruses, the four primary characters in Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures are made thoroughly human by Lam’s insightful detail, realistic dialogue, and expert storytelling. The medical world is naturally filled with drama, but it’s the author’s ability to give equal weight to the smaller moments that really brings this book to life.

Dragonfish

Author: Vu Tran
Publisher: Oldcastle Books
ISBN: 1843448270
Size: 28.59 MB
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‘That rare hybrid marvel - a literary thriller, a narrative of migration and loss that upends the conventions of any form’ - Dinaw Mengestu, author of All Our Names 'Splendidly crafted and thrillingly told, the narrative is driven by the fundamental quest at the heart of much great literature: the quest for a self, for an identity. Vu Tran is an exciting new literary voice’ — Robert Olen Butler New York Times Notable Book 2015. Vu Tran has written a thrilling and cinematic work of sophisticated suspense and haunting lyricism set in motion by characters who can neither trust each other nor trust themselves. This remarkable debut is a noir page-turner resonant with the lasting reverberations of lives lost and lives remade a generation ago. Robert, an Oakland cop, still can’t let go of Suzy, the enigmatic Vietnamese wife who left him two years ago. Now she’s disappeared from her new husband, Sonny, a violent Vietnamese smuggler and gambler who is blackmailing Robert into finding her for him. As he pursues her through the sleek and seamy gambling dens of Las Vegas, shadowed by Sonny’s sadistic son, ‘Junior’, and assisted by unexpected and reluctant allies, Robert learns more about his ex-wife than he ever did during their marriage. He finds himself chasing the ghosts of her past, one that reaches back to a refugee camp in Malaysia after the fall of Saigon, and his investigation uncovers the existence of an elusive packet of her secret letters to someone she left behind long ago. As Robert starts illuminating the dark corners of Suzy’s life, the legacy of her sins threatens to immolate them all.