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Finalist National Book Critics Circle AwardFinalist National Book Award in NonfictionA New York Times Book Review “The Year in Reading” SelectionAll wars are fought twice the first time on the battlefield the second time in memory From the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Sympathizer comes a searching exploration of the conflict Americans call the Vietnam War and Vietnamese call the American War—a conflict that lives on in the collective memory of both nations“A gorgeous multifaceted examination of the war Americans call the Vietnam War—and which Vietnamese call the American War…As a writer Nguyen brings every conceivable gift—wisdom wit compassion curiosity—to the impossible yet crucial work of arriving at what he calls ‘a just memory’ of this war”—Kate Tuttle Los Angeles Times“In Nothing Ever Dies his unusually thoughtful consideration of war self deception and forgiveness Viet Thanh Nguyen penetrates deeply into memories of the Vietnamese war…An important book which hits hard at self serving myths”—Jonathan Mirsky Literary Review“Ultimately Nguyen’s lucid arresting and richly sourced inquiry in the mode of Susan Sontag and W G Sebald is a call for true and just stories of war and its perpetual legacy”—Donna Seaman Booklist starred reviewFinalist National Book Critics Circle AwardFinalist National Book Award in NonfictionA New York Times Book Review “The Year in Reading” SelectionAll wars are fought twice the first time on the battlefield the second time in memory From the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Sympathizer comes a searching exploration of the conflict Americans call the Vietnam War and Vietnamese call the American War—a conflict that lives on in the collective memory of both nations“A gorgeous multifaceted examination of the war Americans call the Vietnam War—and which Vietnamese call the American War…As a writer Nguyen brings every conceivable gift—wisdom wit compassion curiosity—to the impossible yet crucial work of arriving at what he calls ‘a just memory’ of this war”—Kate Tuttle Los Angeles Times“In Nothing Ever Dies his unusually thoughtful consideration of war self deception and forgiveness Viet Thanh Nguyen penetrates deeply into memories of the Vietnamese war…An important book which hits hard at self serving myths”—Jonathan Mirsky Literary Review“Ultimately Nguyen’s lucid arresting and richly sourced inquiry in the mode of Susan Sontag and W G Sebald is a call for true and just stories of war and its perpetual legacy”—Donna Seaman Booklist starred reviewFinalist National Book Critics Circle AwardFinalist National Book Award in NonfictionA New York Times Book Review “The Year in Reading” SelectionAll wars are fought twice the first time on the battlefield the second time in memory From the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Sympathizer comes a searching exploration of the conflict Americans call the Vietnam War and Vietnamese call the American War—a conflict that lives on in the collective memory of both nations“A gorgeous multifaceted examination of the war Americans call the Vietnam War—and which Vietnamese call the American War…As a writer Nguyen brings every conceivable gift—wisdom wit compassion curiosity—to the impossible yet crucial work of arriving at what he calls ‘a just memory’ of this war”—Kate Tuttle Los Angeles Times“In Nothing Ever Dies his unusually thoughtful consideration of war self deception and forgiveness Viet Thanh Nguyen penetrates deeply into memories of the Vietnamese war…An important book which hits hard at self serving myths”—Jonathan Mirsky Literary Review“Ultimately Nguyen’s lucid arresting and richly sourced inquiry in the mode of Susan Sontag and W G Sebald is a call for true and just stories of war and its perpetual legacy”—Donna Seaman Booklist starred review


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  1. says:

    Just finished wading through this book It was unusual in that it read like a doctoral thesis than anything else The author clearly has read and seen every book and film made about Vietnam and has visited the country repeatedly The problem with the book is he tries to get every bit of this research into the pages which results in pages of circular argument with no clear point madeI read and loved his novel The Sympathizer but this is as far removed from that as is possible At times I thought it could have benefited from a critical editor but I don't know if even that could have brought life to this bookThere are some valuable arguments in the book often very challenging but worthwhile These are in the minority and are a poor consolation for the other drawn out ramblings