Publisher: Grove Press
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The Committed is the highly anticipated sequel to The Sympathizer, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The Sympathizer has sold over one million copies worldwide and was rapturously received by reviewers, who are eagerly awaiting this follow-up. Following on from the end of The Sympathizer, but standing alone for readers who have not read it, The Committed explores power, the means of cultural production, race and ethnicity, betrayal, friendship, morality, money, and love.Viet Thanh Nguyen is one of the most prominent and respected contemporary writers in the United States. He is an op-ed contributor to three major newspapers: the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times, alongside TIME magazine and Literary Hub. With almost 40,000 followers on Twitter alone, his profile is higher now than ever before, and his major public profile will ensure huge attention for this book. The Committed is set in Paris, an exciting new milieu for Nguyen. He spends part of each year in France and lived in Paris for a year while writing this novel. Interweaving ideas from writers from Simone de Beauvoir to Franz Fanon to Jean-Paul Sartre, this novel inhabits a French leftist milieu, centering around the “aunt in Paris” who was a minor character in The Sympathizer and who comes to the fore in this novel.In addition to the Pulitzer, The Sympathizer was awarded six other prizes: the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the California Book Awards Gold Medal in First Fiction, and the Asian/Pacific American Literature Award from the American Librarian Association. The novel was named to more than forty best books of the year lists. Nguyen’s nonfiction work has cemented his status as one of the United States’ most highly regarded public intellectuals, writing on subjects from American history to politics, to refugeehood, to cultural power. Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War was a finalist for both the National Book Award in Nonfiction and the National Book Critic Circles Award, and The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives was named one of the ten best books of the year by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Nguyen’s previous work of fiction, the short story collection The Refugees, earned a career-assessing rave by Joyce Carol Oates in the New Yorker, appearances by Nguyen on Late Night with Seth Meyers and NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and was shortlisted for the Dublin/IMPAC Literary award. Nguyen has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur foundations and currently serves as university professor and Aerol Arnold Chair of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. His work has been translated into twenty-eight languages.