The Cabin Presents: Viet Thanh Nguyen 

The Egyptian Theatre, March 6

In Viet Thanh Nguyen's debut novel, The Sympathizer (Grove Atlantic, 2015) the narrator—a half-French, half-Vietnamese communist spy—is embedded as an aide-de-camp for a South Vietnamese general. Together they're exiled to America, where the unnamed narrator helps the general raise an army to retake their homeland. In his spare time, he consults on a film about the Vietnam War, finds romance and sends clandestine dispatches to his communist handler. The novel takes on themes of dispossession, idealism, racism and the American dream, and for it, Nguyen won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, a PEN/Faulkner Award and others. His reading is sold out, but some tickets may become available, so check thecabinidaho.org.

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