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Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and Vietnam war refugee Nguyen on US identity

From 'Apocalypse Now' to 'Platoon', from Graham Greene's 'The Quiet American' to Michael Herr's ‘Dispatches’, when you consider the so-called 'best' books and films about the Vietnam War, few come from Vietnamese voices. But when our guest Viet Thanh Nguyen started writing his debut Vietnam-War-era spy novel, he was determined not to write for a Western audience or translate Vietnamese culture.

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