Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar

A “profound and provocative” new work with the aid of the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Disgraced and American Dervish: an immigrant father and his son look for belonging — in post-Trump America, and with every other (Kirkus Reviews). “Passionate, disturbing, unputdownable.” — Salman Rushdie A deeply personal work about identification and belonging in a country coming apart at the seams, Homeland Elegies blends reality and fiction to inform an epic story of longing and dispossession in the global that Sep 11 made. Part own family drama, part social essay, element picaresque novel, at its heart it is the tale of a father, a son, and the us of a they both call home. Ayad Akhtar forges a brand new narrative voice to capture a country wherein debt has ruined endless lives and the gods of finance rule, wherein immigrants stay in fear, and wherein the country’s unhealed wounds wreak havoc around the international. Akhtar attempts to make sense of it in the course of the lens of a tale about one own family, from a heartland town in America to palatial suites in Central Europe to guerrilla lookouts within the mountains of Afghanistan, and spares no one — least of all himself — inside the process.


Awakenings may be brutal. Consider Pulitzer Prize-prevailing playwright and creator Ayad Akhtar, growing up in Wisconsin as the child of Muslim doctors who came to the U.S. From Pakistan in 1968, riding his motorcycle around the community and taking note of a father who thought America become the greatest place within the world. Along the manner to becoming a celebrated American playwright, Akhtar would research harsh realities approximately the only usa he has ever known as home, a country where the treatment of people of coloration could be very exceptional from that of white humans.

In Homeland Elegies, Akhtar mixes truth and fiction about the awakening that marked his journey to Broadway. He has divided the e book into 8 chapters, bookended by using an overture and coda about a professor who has conflicting emotions approximately her position as a teacher and who taught Akhtar that America is still “an area described through its plunder.”

Racism dominates every tale. Among the characters is one in every of Akhtar’s father’s best buddies from medical school, a religious Muslim who grows upset with America and who became secretly the affection of Akhtar’s mother’s existence. There also are white cops and mechanics in Scranton, Pennsylvania, whose prejudices come to be alarmingly show up when Akhtar’s vehicle overheats on the highway, as well as an unscrupulous Muslim businessman who gives white America a flavor of its personal capitalism through exacting revenge on U.S. cities that wouldn’t build mosques.

The e book’s most nuanced sections contain Akhtar’s father, a complex man who grows to like Donald Trump after treating the future president for a mysterious ailment in the 1990s. In a effective final chapter, Akhtar documents his father’s disillusion with Trump as part of a larger tale of a malpractice suit wherein the elder Akhtar’s faith is a complicating factor.

Despite lengthy tangents, Homeland Elegies indicates what American lifestyles is like for people with darkish skin, as whilst Akhtar and his father park their car poorly out of doors a convenience store, a miscue that gives a gun-toting white guy an excuse to hurl racist imprecations. For readers unaware of such assaults, Akhtar’s ultra-modern might be a rude awakening, and an crucial one.


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