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Richard Powers – Bewilderment

Richard Powers in conversation with Razia Iqbal

78 mins watch time

Posted October 2021

Climate Science, Culture, Inspirational

Few works of fiction have the power to change who we are and how we conceive our place in the universe – but Richard Powers Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece The Overstory is one. For Barack Obama, Powers ‘changed how I thought about the Earth and our place in it’; for Emma Thompson, The Overstory was a ‘the best book I’ve read in 10 years… a lodestone’; for Ann Patchett, it was simply ‘one of the best novels, period’.

Now, after a year in which global events have illustrated Powers’ concern with the fragility, interconnectedness and preciousness of human life and nature with more poignancy than anyone dared to imagine, he explores the themes of his Booker Prize shortlisted new novel, Bewilderment.