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Photographic portrait, Viet Thanh Nguyen; book cover image: The Sympathizer

Viet Thanh Nguyen

Carnegie Music Hall

$15–$35/$10 students

In collaboration with Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures we are proud to host award-winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Bold, elegant, and fiercely honest, Nguyen’s debut novel, The Sympathizer, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2016.

His collection of stories, The Refugees is a collection of perfectly formed stories exploring questions of immigration, identity, love, and family. 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, the stories are a captivating testament to the dreams and hardships of immigration.


“These stories of Vietnamese refugees cast a lingering spell.”

—The New York Times Book Review