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Monday, April 18, 2016

2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

The 100th Pulitzer Prize winners were announced today.  The winner for Fiction is The Sympathizer
by Viet Thanh Nguyen. 

The Sympathizer is the story of a man of two minds, someone whose political beliefs clash with his individual loyalties. In dialogue with but diametrically opposed to the narratives of the Vietnam War that have preceded it, this novel offers an important and unfamiliar new perspective on the war: that of a conflicted communist sympathizer.
“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. Viet Thanh Nguyen’s astonishing novel takes us inside the mind of this double agent, a man whose lofty ideals necessitate his betrayal of the people closest to him” (http://www.pulitzer.org/winners/viet-thanh-nguyen).

21 prizes are given in various categories.  For more information about the winner in each category, go to http://www.pulitzer.org/article/2016-pulitzer-prizes.