Viet Thanh Nguyen: A Man of Two Faces

Pulitzer Prize–winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen (The Sympathizer) introduces his highly original and savagely funny memoir A Man of Two Faces, in conversation with André Dao.

Supported by ARA


11 May 12:00
Athenaeum Theatre
Access: Wheelchair
With scorching wit and formal inventiveness, Viet Thanh Nguyen rewinds the story of his life in A Man of Two Faces. 

This highly original memoir takes readers from his success as a writer of novels like the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Sympathizer  (soon to be an HBO series starring Sandra Oh and Robert Downey Jr.) to migrating to California as a young refugee from the Vietnam War. In this conversation, Nguyen offers personal insights into the double identities he explores in his fiction; growing up exposed to degrading Hollywood depictions of war in his homeland while also observing the violence swept under the rug of American society. 

He speaks with André Dao about a triumphant and hugely entertaining autobiography that reckons with the ghosts of imperialism, family, memory and identity. 

Thank you to United States Consulate Melbourne for supporting the appearances of US authors at MWF. 


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Viet Thanh Nguyen: A Man of Two Faces