'The Committed' Remains Uncommitted — And That's Its Strength

Viet Thanh Nguyen's sequel to his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Sympathizer finds our hero a refugee again, this time in Paris, and disillusioned with communism but not ready to embrace capitalism.
Source: Grove Atlantic

With smoke-and-mirrors panache, -- Viet Thanh Nguyen's sequel to -- continues the travails of our Eurasian Ulysses, now relocated to France and self-identified as Vo Danh (which literally means "Nameless"). Having survived a communist reeducation camp, a perilous sea crossing, and a long sojourn in an Indonesian refugee center, he arrives in Paris on July 18, 1981 — the birthday of Nelson Mandela — to become, once again, a refugee. That our hero arrives four days after Bastille Day is significant, for the ideals of have proven elusive in France's former colonies, and it would take a visionary of Mandela's stature to give them new life.

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