Live Event: Viet Thanh Nguyen

This event has already passed Location: Horchow Auditorium
In conversation with Tammy Nguyen Lee
The trenchant follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Sympathizer, which has sold more than one million copies worldwide, The Committed  follows the man of two minds as he arrives in Paris in the early 1980s with his blood brother Bon. The pair try to overcome their pasts and ensure their futures by engaging in capitalism in one of its purest forms: drug dealing.
Traumatized by his reeducation at the hands of his former best friend, Man, and struggling to assimilate into French culture, the Sympathizer finds Paris both seductive and disturbing. As he falls in with a group of left-wing intellectuals whom he meets at dinner parties given by his French Vietnamese “aunt,” he finds stimulation for his mind but also customers for his narcotic merchandise. But the new life he is making has perils he has not foreseen, whether the self-torture of addiction, the authoritarianism of a state locked in a colonial mindset, or the seeming paradox of how to reunite his two closest friends, whose worldviews put them in absolute opposition. The Sympathizer will need all his wits, resourcefulness, and moral flexibility if he is to prevail.
Both highly suspenseful and existential, The Committed is a blistering portrayal of commitment and betrayal that cements Viet Thanh Nguyen’s position in the firmament of American letters.
Guggenheim and MacArthur fellow, novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen has also written several academic works and serves as Professor of English at the University of Southern California. 

“Equal parts Ellison’s Invisible Man and Chang-Rae Lee’s Henry Park, Nguyen’s nameless narrator is a singular literary creation, a complete original. —Junot Díaz 


Horchow seating
Public: $35
DMA Member/Educator: $30 
Student: $10
Virtual tickets
Public: $12 
DMA Member/Educator/Student: $10
Virtual ticket + a paperback copy of The Committed
Public: $30 
DMA Member/Educator/Student: $28
Please note that books will begin shipping on March 8, the day of the title’s release. Copies ofThe Committed are available for purchase on-site in the DMA Store on the night of the event and here on our website.