‘A voice that shakes the walls of the old literary comfort zone’ New Yorker
‘Goes toe to toe with the original then surpasses it. A masterwork’ Marlon James, Booker Prize-winning author of a Brief History of Seven Killings
‘Fierce and unrelentingly good. Hilarious and subversive’ Tommy Orange, New York Times bestselling author of There There
It’s the early 1980s and the Sympathizer arrives in Paris. As a refugee, he and his blood brother Bon try to escape their turbulent pasts by turning their hands to capitalism in one of its purest forms: drug dealing. No longer in physical danger, the Sympathizer is both charmed and disturbed by Paris. Falling in with left-wing intellectuals and politicians at dinner parties held by his French Vietnamese “aunt”, he finds customers for his merchandise as well as stimulation for his mind. But this new life he’s living has unforeseen dangers of oppression, addiction and the seemingly unresolvable paradox of reuniting his two closest friends, men whose world views stand them poles apart.
The highly suspenseful sequel to The Sympathizer, both literary thriller and brilliant novel of ideas, The Committed is a blistering portrayal of commitment and betrayal that will cement Viet Thanh Nguyen’s position in the firmament of American letters.