Viet Thanh Nguyen
Viet Thanh Nguyen is a celebrated Vietnamese American author that fled with his family to America in 1975 after the fall of Saigon. He has a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in English and Ethnic Studies. Apart from writing, he frequently contributes to The Los Angeles Times as a cultural critic-at-large. In Singapore, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s first book was considered as one of the best novels of 2016.
In 2015, Viet Thanh Nguyen published his first book that became a bestseller worldwide. His book received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, a prestigious prize that is ordinarily awarded to only three finalists in each category. Viet Thanh Nguyen later won a MacArthur Fellows Program in 2017, an incredibly esteemed award for originality and dedication in a field. Viet Thanh Nguyen’s books frequently explore the conflicts experienced by refugees and immigrants, from personal struggles with guilt and loneliness to the difficulty in having to assimilate into society. Critics have praised Viet Thanh Nguyen for his gripping and evocative writing style and insightful portrayal of the Vietnam War.