RECORDED 6/1/15: I was excited to speak with Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of the newly released novel, The Sympathizer. The novel centers on the story of a Eurasian spy and begins just as Saigon is about to fall. The narrator tells us from the beginning: “I am a spy, a sleeper, a spook, a man of two faces. Perhaps not surprisingly, I am also a man of two minds.” You can listen to the interview here or download it on itunes.-Heidi Durrow
Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in America. His stories have appeared in Best New American Voices, TriQuarterly, Narrative, and the Chicago Tribune and he is the author of the academic book Race and Resistance. He teaches English and American Studies at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles.