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Viet Thanh Nguyen wins the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for 'The Sympathizer'

Viet Thanh Nguyen wins the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for 'The Sympathizer'

Viet Thanh Nguyen took the Pulitzer Prize in fiction Monday for his debut novel, "The Sympathizer," published by Grove Press. Nguyen, a professor at the USC, is one of the L.A. Times' 10 critics at large.

"Thanks for all your good wishes," Nguyen wrote on Facebook. "I double checked with real people in my publisher's office...and they say that The Sympathizer really did win the Pulitzer Prize. Unless this is some cosmic virtual reality trick. I'm stunned."

Reached by phone in Boston, where he would be giving a reading later Monday night, Nguyen expressed surprise and...

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