Anyway, to go to the main point, in spite of all that there's now a novel I have to read, and it's The Sympathiser by Viet Thanh Nguyen or Nguyễn Thanh Việt.
Because it's widely praised and just won a Pulitzer prize, because the author is of Vietnamese descent (how many Vietnamese writers can you name? none? I knew it), and because the novel deals with the Vietnam war.
The 1st and foremost concern will be the literary merit- is it as good as people say? is it worth all the fuss? Another, also important, problem will be the perspective, the political view. There have been too many books showing the perspective of Americans, and of the communists, nobody hears the Southerners. I have very strong feelings about the war, the 2 Vietnams, the Paris agreement of 1973, the communist party and especially the current authoritarian regime (so strong that I can't date a Vietnamese guy, for fear of a clash). From the look of it, The Sympathiser perhaps won't make me very happy, and the fact that Nhã Nam, a publishing house in Vietnam, have contacted Nguyễn Thanh Việt for translation causes me more concern.
But I wouldn't know until I read it.