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Ayad Akhtar in conversation with Daniel Kehlmann


"Homeland Elegies" is an intelligent novel about the shattered state of America today, in which the ideals of the americans democracy were sacrificed to the gods of the financial industry and a TV personality could become president. A personal memoir about the experiences of Muslims living in the West, especially after 9/11, and a reflection on the possibility of a Western Muslim identity.
Last but not least, the novel tells global contemporary history with great esprit and from an unusual perspective, from the conflict between Pakistan and India to the first Afghanistan war, from Osama bin Laden to the Islamist terror of the recent present.