Category: Cold War

A Man in Darkness: THE SYMPATHIZER BY Viet Nguyen

The Sympathizer, by Viet Nguyen, is a new breed of noir novel, which academia is turning out these days. The author is a distinguished man of letters at in California, so I would expect nothing less from him. And he doesn’t disappoint. This is the story of the Vietnam conflict told through the eyes of an undercover spy, a mole, a deep operative, a man without a name who is a metaphor for so much. Except that he can’t seem to remember who he is.

Chinese Puzzle Box: DECODED by Mai Jai

Decoded by Mai Jai, translated by Olivia Milburn and Christopher Payne (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014) Decoded by Mai Jia is the first English publication of one of China’s famous writers. First published in 2002,…