Viet Thanh Nguyen

  • Dans un pays où tout était affaire de possessions, nous ne possédions rien d'autre que nos histoires.
    Vietnamiens, ils ont fui le communisme à la fin des années 1970 pour s'exiler de l'autre côté du Pacifique, en Californie. Ils vivent entre deux rives, entre pays d'adoption et pays de naissance, pas encore Américains, plus tout à fait Vietnamiens. Certains sont figés dans le passé, hantés par les fantômes, effarés par l'hédonisme occidental ; d'autres veulent aller de l'avant, pour eux, pour les enfants, pour la possibilité d'une autre vie. Pour n'être plus simplement des réfugiés. Auteur du retentissant Sympathisant, Viet Thanh Nguyen livre un recueil de nouvelles d'une justesse, d'une acuité et d'une élégance peu communes, et offre sa voix à tous les déracinés.

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  • Avril 1975, Saïgon est en plein chaos. À l'abri d'une villa, entre deux whiskies, un général de l'armée du Sud Vietnam et son capitaine dressent la liste de ceux qui pourront quitter le pays par les derniers avions. Mais ce que le général ignore, c'est que son capitaine est un agent double au service des communistes. Arrivé en Californie, tandis que le général et ses compatriotes exilés tentent de recréer un petit bout de Vietnam sous le soleil de L.A., notre homme observe et rend des comptes dans des lettres codées à son meilleur ami resté au pays. Dans ce microcosme où chacun soupçonne l'autre, notre homme lutte pour ne pas dévoiler sa véritable identité, parfois au prix de décisions aux conséquences dramatiques. Et face à cette femme dont il pourrait bien être amoureux, sa loyauté vacille...

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  • Si l'âme de l'Amérique finissait par être un jour totalement empoisonnée, le rapport d'autopsie devrait mentionner quelque part le mot Vietnam.
    Martin Luther King, cité par l'auteur.

    Toutes les guerres se jouent deux fois, d'abord sur le champ de bataille, puis dans la mémoire collective. Dans cet essai, Viet Than Nguyen poursuit un objectif pour le moins ambitieux : dresser le bilan le plus exhaustif possible de cette guerre que les Américains nomment « la guerre du Vietnam » et que les Vietnamiens nomment « la Guerre américaine ».
    De quelle manière est-elle remémorée, commémorée, oubliée, d'un côté comme de l'autre ?

    Analysant un large panel de formes culturelles - romans, cimetières, monuments, films, photographies, expositions, jeux vidéos - une enquête saisissante et érudite au coeur de la fabrique des souvenirs. En ligne de mire, la volonté de restituer une mémoire juste des guerres, une mémoire qui se souviendrait aussi des faibles, des vaincus, des ennemis.
    L'enjeux est de taille. Chercher à restituer la vérité, c'est permettre la réconciliation, le pardon et surtout éviter que l'Histoire ne se répète.

  • THE REFUGEES

    Viet Thanh Nguyen

    In The Refugees, Viet Thanh Nguyen gives voice to lives led between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth. From a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, to a woman whose husband is suffering from dementia and starts to confuse her for a former lover, to a girl living in Ho Chi Minh City whose older half-sister comes back from America having seemingly accomplished everything she never will, the stories are a captivating testament to the dreams and hardships of immigration. The second piece of fiction by a major new voice, The Refugees is a beautifully written and sharply observed book about the aspirations of those who leave one country for another, and the relationships and desires for self-fulfillment that define our lives.

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  • THE SYMPATHIZER

    Viet Thanh Nguyen

    *** WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016 *** WINNER OF THE EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL 2016 WINNER OF THE CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN FICTION 2016 'A fierce novel written in a refreshingly high style and charged with intelligent rage' Financial Times It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his trusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start a new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain, is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet Cong. The Sympathizer is the story of this captain: a man brought up by an absent French father and a poor Vietnamese mother, a man who went to university in America, but returned to Vietnam to fight for the Communist cause. A gripping spy novel, an astute exploration of extreme politics, and a moving love story, The Sympathizer explores a life between two worlds and examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars we fight today. 'A bold, artful and globally minded reimagining of the Vietnam war . . . The Sympathizer is an excellent literary novel, and one that ends, with unsettling present-day resonance, in a refugee boat where opposing ideas about intentions, actions and their consequences take stark and resilient human form' the Guardian 'Beautifully written and meaty' Claire Messud '[A] remarkable debut novel . . . In its final chapters, The Sympathizer becomes an absurdist tour de force that might have been written by a Kafka or Genet' New York Times 'This debut is a page-turner (read: everybody will finish) that makes you reconsider the Vietnam War ... Nguyen's darkly comic novel offers a point of view about American culture that we've rarely seen' Oprah.com (Oprah's Book Club Suggestions)

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    THE COMMITTED

    Viet Thanh Nguyen

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    The long-awaited new novel from one of America's most highly regarded contemporary writers, The Committed follows the Sympathizer as he arrives in Paris as a refugee. There he and his blood brother Bon try to escape their pasts and prepare for their futures by turning their hands to capitalism in one of its purest forms: drug dealing. No longer in physical danger, but still inwardly tortured by his reeducation at the hands of his former best friend, and struggling to assimilate into a dominant culture, the Sympathizer is both charmed and disturbed by Paris. As he falls in with a group of left-wing intellectuals and politicians who frequent dinner parties given by his French Vietnamese "aunt," he finds not just stimulation for his mind but also customers for his merchandise - but the new life he is making has dangers he has not foreseen, from the oppression of the state, to the self-torture of addiction, to the seemingly unresolvable paradox of how he can reunite his two closest friends, men whose worldviews put them in absolute opposition. Both literary thriller and brilliant novel of ideas, The Committed is a blistering portrayal of commitment and betrayal that will cement Viet Thanh Nguyen's position in the firmament of American letters.

  • In Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America, Viet Nguyen argues that Asian American intellectuals have idealized Asian America, ignoring its saturation with capitalist practices. This idealization of Asian America means that Asian American intellectuals can neither grapple with their culture's ideological diversity nor recognize their own involvement with capitalist practices such as the selling of racial identity. Making his case through the example of literature, which remains a critical arena of cultural production for Asian Americans, Nguyen demonstrates that literature embodies the complexities, conflicts, and potential future options of Asian American culture.

  • It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his trusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start a new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain, is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet Cong. The Sympathizer is the story of this captain: a man brought up by an absent French father and a poor Vietnamese mother, a man who went to university in America, but returned to Vietnam to fight for the Communist cause. A gripping spy novel, an astute exploration of extreme politics, and a moving love story, The Sympathizer explores a life between two worlds and examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars we fight today.

  • From the winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction'Nguyen's eight heart-wrenching and hopeful stories ought to be required reading for every politician in this era of wall-building and xenophobia' the GuardianIn The Refugees, Viet Thanh Nguyen gives voice to lives led between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth. From a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, to a woman whose husband is suffering from dementia and starts to confuse her for a former lover, to a girl living in Ho Chi Minh City whose older half-sister comes back from America having seemingly accomplished everything she never will, the stories are a captivating testament to the dreams and hardships of immigration. The second piece of fiction by a major new voice, The Refugees is a beautifully written and sharply observed book about the aspirations of those who leave one country for another, and the relationships and desires for self-fulfillment that define our lives.

  • Les Déplacés est une série de témoignages d'écrivains qui ont été, à un moment de leur vie, des réfugiés.

    Vietnamien, Afghan, Chilien, Iranien, Ukrainien ou Éthiopien d'origine, tous relatent le traumatisme de l'exil, l'inévitable fracture familiale, l'improbable voyage vers l'inconnu, pour fuir la guerre, la persécution, la misère, mais aussi les travaux forcés, l'embrigadement des enfants soldats, l'épuration ethnique.

    Être déplacé, c'est faire l'expérience douloureuse de l'altérité, du rejet, de la perte d'identité. C'est aussi se confronter à la difficulté d'être invisible - ou trop visible - dans un pays qui ne veut pas de vous.

    Ces écrivains socialement intégrés et professionnellement reconnus s'interrogent aujourd'hui : comment leurs parents ont-ils survécu et qu'auraient ils fait à leur place ? N'ont ils pas un devoir de mémoire ? Comment décrire l'indicible ? Des récits poignants de plumes du monde entier, qui ont accepté de revivre une partie de leur histoire personnelle pour faire entendre la parole de ceux qui ne l'ont pas.

    Cet ouvrage est préfacé et édité par le prix Pulitzer Viet Thanh Nguyen, auteur du roman Le Sympathisant, Prix Pulitzer 2016, Prix du meilleur livre étranger 2017. Viet Thanh Nguyen est né au Vietnam en 1971. Après la chute de Saigon en 1975, il fuit aux États-Unis avec sa famille. Il est l'auteur de trois livres.

    Il rassemble ici 19 figures remarquables de la scène littéraire actuelle : Kim Thùy, Joseph Azam, David Bezmozgis, Fatima Bhutto, Thi Bui, Ariel Dorfman, Lev Golinkin, Reyna Grande, Meron Hadero, Aleksandar Hemon, Joseph Kertes, Porochista, Khakpour, Marina Lewycka, Maaza Mengiste, Dina Nayeri, Vu Tran, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, Kao Kalia Yang, Chris Abani.

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    This book presents selected articles from the International Conference on Asian and Pacific Coasts (APAC 2019), an event intended to promote academic and technical exchange on coastal related studies, including coastal engineering and coastal environmental problems, among Asian and Pacific countries/regions. APAC is jointly supported by the Chinese Ocean Engineering Society (COES), the Coastal Engineering Committee of the Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE), and the Korean Society of Coastal and Ocean Engineers (KSCOE).APAC is jointly supported by the Chinese Ocean Engineering Society (COES), the Coastal Engineering Committee of the Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE), and the Korean Society of Coastal and Ocean Engineers (KSCOE).

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