The Sympathizer

The Sympathizer


Viet Thanh Nguyen

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The Tombstone and Cemetery

Harry, the head of production on The Hamlet, creates a cemetery for the film. The headstones bear the names of living people, taken from the Los Angeles phone book, but there is one…

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The Clock

When the narrator goes to the apartment of Sonny, a friend from his college days, he sees a clock “on the wall above the table” that is a replica of the clock in the

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The Pickled Baby

At the detention center where the narrator is being “re-educated,” the Commandant repeatedly shows him a jar containing “a greenish monstrosity” invented by “an American Frankenstein.” The result of the experiment is a “naked, pickled…

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