The Committed

The Committed

by Viet Thanh Nguyen

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This thrilling follow-up to Viet Thanh Nguyen's 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Sympathizer finds tortured and guilt-ridden former Vietnamese spy-turned-sleeper agent Vo Danh and his Blood Brother, Bon, living as refugees in 1980’s Paris. A story of obligation and assimilation, they try to build a new life for themselves selling for a drug lord they met at their refugee camp. Driven by money, drugs and geopolitics, The Committed is a master class in hidden identity and narrative voice, capturing a fractured mind and the instability of post-colonial life.

The sequel to The Sympathizer, which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and went on to sell over a million copies worldwide, The Committed tells the story of “the man of two minds” as he comes as a refugee to France and turns his hand to capitalism

The long-awaited follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Sympathizer, which has sold more than one million copies worldwide, The Committed follows the man of two minds as he arrives in Paris in the early 1980s with his blood brother Bon. The pair try to overcome their pasts and ensure their futures by engaging in capitalism in one of its purest forms: drug dealing.

Traumatized by his reeducation at the hands of his former best friend, Man, and struggling to assimilate into French culture, the Sympathizer finds Paris both seductive and disturbing. As he falls in with a group of left-wing intellectuals whom he meets at dinner parties given by his French Vietnamese “aunt,” he finds stimulation for his mind but also customers for his narcotic merchandise. But the new life he is making has perils he has not foreseen, whether the self-torture of addiction, the authoritarianism of a state locked in a colonial mindset, or the seeming paradox of how to reunite his two closest friends whose worldviews put them in absolute opposition. The Sympathizer will need all his wits, resourcefulness, and moral flexibility if he is to prevail.

Both highly suspenseful and existential, The Committed is a blistering portrayal of commitment and betrayal that will cement Viet Thanh Nguyen’s position in the firmament of American letters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802157065
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 03/02/2021
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 7,992
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in America. He is the author of The Sympathizer, which was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction alongside seven other prizes. He is also the author of the short story collection The Refugees, the nonfiction book Nothing Ever Dies, a finalist for the National Book Award, and is the editor of an anthology of refugee writing, The Displaced. He is the Aerol Arnold Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur foundations. He lives in Los Angeles.

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