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Homeland Elegies – A Novelist’s Reflections on the World After 9/11

Ayad Akhtar in conversation with Sirish Rao

55 mins watch time

Posted August 2020

Culture, Politics

Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar is one of the most powerful voices in contemporary American letters. His writing walks a fine line between fact and fiction, memoir and novel, describing a world in which debt has ruined countless lives and the gods of finance rule, where immigrants live in fear and the unhealed wounds of 9/11 continue to wreak havoc. His reflections on identity and belonging can help us to make sense of a nation coming apart at the seams.