Author of The Possessed: Adventures With Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, Elif Batuman now publishes her first novel, The Idiot, a portrait of the artist as a young woman. “To call her one of the best writers of her generation is only stating the obvious,” wrote Benjamin Kunkel. “Sometimes you’re so amused that you can almost overlook the envy-inducing naturalness and smarts of her prose.”
Viet Thanh Nguyen’s first novel, The Sympathizer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2016, is “a disturbing, fascinating and darkly comic take on the fall of Saigon and its aftermath, and a powerful examination of guilt and betrayal,” wrote T. C. Boyle. “It’s destined to become a classic.” Nguyen’s new collection of stories is The Refugees.
Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War