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Author Viet Thanh Nguyen on the legacy of “Apocalypse Now”

Published on: August 24, 2019

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August 15, 2019—New York Public Radio’s The Takeaway posted this interview with Vietnamese writer Viet Thanh Nguyen in response to Francis Ford Coppola’s release this month of a re-edited version of “Apocalypse Now.” In the interview, the author discusses the legacy of Coppola’s classic film, 40 years later.

From The Takeaway post:

Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Sympathizer, saw “Apocalypse Now” for the first time when he was about ten years old, and what stood out most to him about the film was how it depicted Vietnamese people. Nguyen told The Takeaway, “Seeing Vietnamese people being murdered on screen affected me very deeply, probably more than I even understood when I was 10 or 11 and it left a scar on me that I would start to really think about many years later.”

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