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Viet Thanh Nguyen Reading Group: The Sympathizer

Friday, October 20, 2017, 11:00am

College Arts & Humanities Institute

On October 26, acclaimed author Viet Thanh Nguyen will visit IU Bloomington for a public reading at President’s Hall. Nguyen’s work addresses urgent issues and themes central to contemporary discussions in the humanities, including identity and otherness; race and race politics; history and memory; nationalism and globalization; migration and the status of the refugee.

Leading up to his visit, there will be a series of reading group focused on Nguyen’s three most recent creative works: a short story collection, a creative non-fiction analysis of the legacy of the Vietnam War in/upon American cultural memory and forgetting, and his much celebrated debut novel.

Week 3: The Sympathizer
Friday, October 20, 11am
College Arts & Humanities Institute

Discussion led by Vivian Halloran and Ed Comentale.

Nguyen’s self-assured debut novel is a thrilling multi-genre mashup: part war novel, spy thriller, Hollywood roman-a-clef, and crime story, all rolled into one narrative arc. The variety serves to accentuate the absence of Vietnamese voices from most American accounts of the Vietnam War. The critical acclaim and general buzz surrounding this novel means that there will be lots to talk about during this discussion.

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s visit has been organized as part of the College’s Themester 2017: Diversity, Difference, Otherness. His visit was made possible with support from College Arts & Humanities Institute, the Arts & Humanities Council, the departments of English and East Asian Languages and Cultures, and the Asian American Studies Program.

For more information, please contact Vivian Halloran.