"Claes Wahlin read an unusual spionroman"
"I imagine that Hans Berggren long moments enjoyed during his translation work with Viet Thanh Nguyens novel Sympatisören. The swede runs very smoothly, Berggren procurement, or rather create the elegant formuleringskonsten with all its laconic kvickheter that characterizes large parts of this on the one hand, conventional, on the other hand, unique romanbygge."
"That spionroman can Sympatisören be described as conventional. The anonymous narrator sits isolated in a vietnamese prison camp, and write a confession about his role as a communist spy in the Vietcongs secret service. At the american surrender, he will come to the united states where he continues to spy on the south vietnamese groups who are planning to try to retake their country from Ho Chi Minh."
"nUniciteten consists in this history of the Vietnam war is told from segrarnas perspective. Vietnam war history, as our narrator points out, has, of course, unlike virtually all other wars, has been written by the losers: the united states. The narrator's dual role makes it possible to simultaneously ironisera – and with a bang – on american behaviors and phenomena."
"the Narrator has a double life in a more significant sense of the word. His mother is vietnamese, his father westerner. He is thus both and respect their ethnic and cultural belonging, which his now dead mother claimed."
"But above all, he is not either-or. Viet Thanh Nguyen is professor of ethnicity, which is also characteristic of grundkonflikten in the novel. The war's horrors depicted without one or the other party is so much better. However, is the narrator of an ethnic, cultural and political situation whose advantages to be able to understand both the vietnamese as the american society of the time is undermined by not fully belong to either of the two social."
"They are quite nasty tortyrscenerna that confession leads up to and concludes romanbygget gathers together themes. The hard retraining, he has to undergo when he came back to Vietnam is not caused so much by what he has done, but what he has not done. A forked affiliation, there can be no sympathy or documents to one or the other repair. His entire essence is attached, in a vacuum, a kind of nothing."
"”Sympatisören” is a well written and exciting novel which places the duality of identity in a concrete and brutal reality, albeit occasionally a tad redundant in the reasoning where the professor in the ethnic studies crowd out the novelist."