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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 Review

5 thoughts on “Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War

  1. says:

    Nothing Ever Dies, Vietnam and the Memory of War offers many riches With great erudition and impeccable scholarship, Viet Thanh Nguyen shows us how the traumatic repercussions of war defy simplification, and how facile it is to misremember the dead Focusing on the American war in Vietnam, and referencing other conflicts Korea, Cambodia, the Philippines , the author challenges us to extend our understanding and compassion to participants and victims on both sides of the battlefield By remembering others, we expand and enrich our own stance.Growing up in post war Europe, I absorbed a good dose of aversion to the Germans and the Russians Years later, while Europe was uniting and setting out to reconcile old enemies, I was relieved not to have to blame and point the finger any longer After moving to Canada, I succumbed to the American version of the war in Vietnam by watching the movies Apocalypse Now, The Deer Hunter, etc and reading the literary war accounts Tim O Brien s The Things They Carried, Michael Herr s Dispatches, and others I admired their artistry but seldom questioned the American one sidedness.Reading Nothing Ever Dies, meant revisiting the shameful conflict within an expanded Vietnamese American context to great personal enrichment Particularly superb are the chapters showing how the industries of memory books, TV, movies constrain our ethical vision by practicing political partisanship and exclusion Viet Thanh Nguyen s analytical depth and boundless intellect are here on full display A biography of 22 pages of Works Cited attests to his curiosity and rigour The book is compelling not least because the author weaves the painful, valiant, and ultimately fortunate trajectory of his family from a hardscrabble village in northern Vietnam, via refugee camps, to prosperous California into the broader framework of his inquiry.Nothing Ever Dies challenges us to cultivate a compassionate sensibility and to recognize that each one of us is capable of being human and also inhuman An engaging and empowering read.

  2. says:

    A contemplative and philosophical study of war and the sorrows and memories it generates The background for the book is Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, both its residents and refugees The writer can be described as a critical theorist He presents perspectives that open our minds A good read for the seriously minded.

  3. says:

    I enjoyed this book at two levels Having traveled in and out of Vietnam regularly over the past 30 years, I enjoyed finding validation of many of my own thoughts on Vietnam the country not the war and at the same time, I enjoyed the opportunity to better grasp the universal nature of wars and the systematic post war re engineering of history to fit a desired perception of those wars This book, in a lot of ways, is the non fiction version of the message s this author embedded in his novel, the Sympathizer, and, serves as a study guide in a good way of the Sympathizer Reading the book reminded me of the learning experience one has in school when studying a classic novel That said, if you are planning to read both this book and the Sympathizer, read the Sympathizer first so as not to spoil the mental exercise of finding your way to the message of the novel All in, the authors views are well grounded, his messages resonate and, although the focus in on Vietnam, the conclusions have a universal application This is a well thought out and well written book well worth the read whether or not you have any interest in Vietnam.

  4. says:

    Not long ago I read Viet Thanh Nguyen s prize winning debut novel The Sympathizers and enjoyed it So I decided to read his non fiction Vietnam book, Nothing Ever Dies 2016 , while in Vietnam recently It is along and detailed mediation on the Vietnam War and how it is situated in people s memory The book is organized in several sections Ethics, Industries, and Aesthetics There is a remarkable list of references throughout the book some which would have thought to be tangentially related to Vietnam, but that coupled with memory broadens the scope of the book to make it very inclusive Some references used by Nguyen include the obvious references to famous movie like Apocalypse Now and Causalities of War and famous books on the war such as Bao Ninh s The Sorrows of War and Tim O Brien s The Things They Carried Some of the less relevant references included James Baldwin, Maxine Hong Kingston, Milan Kundera, Toni Morrison, Elaine Scarry, Flannery O Connor, Art Spiegelman and many, many It is very much a though provoking look at the Vietnam War and how it is remembered.

  5. says:

    This is a true eye opener Nguyen brings together many thoughts and disciples including history, literature, cinema, journalism and personal memoir As a Vietnamese refugee too young to distinctly remember the war, he pieces together the way he as an individual and we as an American society have constructed a memory of Vietnam Washington, Hollywood and Vietnamese elites all have their own version of history and Nguyen deconstructs then all to make some sense of it for himself and for us This is not a light read I listened to the audio book first and then bought the hard cover so I could absorb the ideas fully Read with an open mind and you will finish with a different view of what you thought you knew.