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The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Historical fiction

The Sympathizer

by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Quick take

A clever account of a Viet Cong spy, who escapes Saigon for a complicated double life in the United States.

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  • International

  • Literary

  • Critically acclaimed

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Synopsis

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 repo...