#AceBookNews – May.12: Pulitzer winner Viet Thanh Nguyen: ‘My book has something to offend everyone’
The Sympathizer won despite Nguyen feeling he was writing against the tastes of most publishers, who insist that writers of color pander to white audiences
Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer took home the Pulitzer prize for fiction recently This will make him an author newly in demand. But in an interview, the artist tells the Guardian he is under no illusions about how books get sold.
“The literary industry and the entire social and cultural system of the United States work to tempt writers of color into writing for white people,” says Nguyen. “‘If I had written the book for a white audience, I would have sold it for a lot more money and many more publishers would have been bidding for it.”
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