His latestÂ book isÂ Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War,Â which is the critical bookend to a creative project whose fictional bookend isÂ The Sympathizer.Â Nothing Ever DiesÂ examines how the so-called Vietnam War has been remembered by many countries and people, from the US to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and South Korea. Harvard University PressÂ published it inÂ March 2016.Â Kirkus ReviewsÂ calls the book â€œa powerful reflection on how we choose to remember and forget.â€
Scholar and writer Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner and associate professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, has endorsed BDS and the cultural and academic boycott of Israel in support of Palestinian rights.
“Always remember, never forget. These powerful words compel us to think about both the injustices of the past and the injustices of the present. One of those contemporary injustices that we struggle to remember is the Israeli occupation and the deprivation of Palestinian rights. For any of us concerned with justice, the imperative is clear: we must stand with the disempowered and the forgotten against militarism and the state,” said Nguyen.
Nguyen joins two other Pulitzer Prize winners, Junot Diaz and Alice Walker, in endorsing the call of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.
NguyenÂ is the author ofÂ Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian AmericaÂ (Oxford University Press, 2002) and the novelÂ The Sympathizer,Â from Grove/AtlanticÂ (2015).Â The SympathizerÂ won the 2016Â Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, anÂ Edgar Award for Best First NovelÂ from the Mystery Writers of America, theÂ First Novel PrizeÂ from the Center for Fiction, theÂ Carnegie Medal for Â Excellence in FictionÂ from the American Library Association, aÂ California Book Award,Â and the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in Fiction from the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association. It wasÂ also a finalist for thePEN/Faulkner AwardÂ for Fiction and theÂ PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction.Â The novel made it toÂ over thirty book-of-the-yearÂ lists, includingÂ The Guardian,Â The New York Times,Â Â The Wall Street Journal,Â Amazon.com,Â Slate.com
, andÂ The Washington Post.