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Homeland Elegies: A Novel Kindle Edition
One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year
One of Barack Obama's Favorite Books of 2020
Finalist for the 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
A Best Book of 2020 * Washington Post * O Magazine * New York Times Book Review * Publishers Weekly
"Passionate, disturbing, unputdownable." —Salman Rushdie
A deeply personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams, Homeland Elegies blends fact and fiction to tell an epic story of longing and dispossession in the world that 9/11 made. Part family drama, part social essay, part picaresque novel, at its heart it is the story of a father, a son, and the country they both call home.
Ayad Akhtar forges a new narrative voice to capture a country in which debt has ruined countless lives and the gods of finance rule, where immigrants live in fear, and where the nation's unhealed wounds wreak havoc around the world. Akhtar attempts to make sense of it all through the lens of a story about one family, from a heartland town in America to palatial suites in Central Europe to guerrilla lookouts in the mountains of Afghanistan, and spares no one—least of all himself—in the process.
"An urgent, intimate hybrid of memoir and fiction, Homeland Elegies thrusts us into the heart of a father-son relationship and, in the process-improbably-does nothing short of laying bare the broken heart of our American dream turned reality TV nightmare. The book's dissection of the deeply human desire to aspire and dream, and its illumination of the quest for success, brilliantly captures how we got to this exact moment in time and at what cost. Stunning."―A. M. Homes, author of This Book Will Save Your Life and Days of Awe
"At the core of this flashing, kinetic coil of a story -- part 1001 Nights, part Reality TV -- is a passionate, wrenching portrayal of Americans exiled into 'otherness'."―Jennifer Egan, author of Manhattan Beach and A Visit From the Goon Squad
"With Homeland Elegies, Ayad Akhtar has found the perfect hybrid form for his exuberant, insightful, and wickedly entertaining epic about Muslim immigrants and their American-born children. A deeply moving father-and-son story unfolds against tumultuous current events in a book that anyone wanting to know how we as a nation got where we are today -- and into what dark wood we might be heading tomorrow -- should read."―Sigrid Nunez, author of The Friend
"Homeland Elegies is the astonishing work of an absolutely brilliant writer. With exquisite prose and lacerating honesty, Ayad Akhtar reveals the intersections of art, finance, race, religion, academia, and empire, and in the process, shows us a troubled reflection of our country in the twenty-first century."―Phil Klay, author of Redeployment
"A triumph. Akhtar rages, he sings, he indicts, he falls in love, he sorrows, he dreams, he mourns, he transcribes!-and finally, he transmutes injustice into the sublimest art."―Joshua Ferris, author of The Dinner Party and Then We Came to the End
"Ayad Akhtar offers up his heart and life with an honesty that astonishes. Never have I experienced such a reading thrill. I put down this novel trembling at the courage it took to write it, and determined to be a better American for having read it."―Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette
"Homeland Elegies is urgent, lacerating writing of the first order from one of our finest playwrights. A sensation of a book."―Suketu Mehta, author of This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto and Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found
"A beautifully rendered account of the struggle to belong in America today, Homeland Elegies takes you into the very heart of hyphenated identity. Erudite and vivid, its pages burst with vitality and intelligence."―Peter Godwin, author of When a Crocodile Eats the Sun and The Fear --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Ayad Akhtar is a playwright, novelist, the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the author of American Dervish (Little, Brown & Co.), published in more than twenty languages and named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012. As a playwright, he has written Junk (Lincoln Center, Broadway; Kennedy Prize for American Drama, Tony nomination); Disgraced (Lincoln Center, Broadway; Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Tony nomination); The Who & The What (Lincoln Center); and The Invisible Hand (NYTW; Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award, Olivier, and Evening Standard nominations). As a screenwriter, he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for The War Within.
Among other honors, Akhtar is the recipient the Steinberg Playwrighting Award, the Nestroy Award, the Erwin Piscator Award, as well as fellowships from the American Academy in Rome, MacDowell, the Sundance Institute, and Yaddo, where he serves as a Board Director. Additionally, Ayad is a Board Trustee at PEN/America, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and New York Theatre Workshop.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B083J17362
- Publisher : Little, Brown and Company (Sept. 15 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 7223 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 369 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #45,088 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Recommended for those readers who appreciate a good wordsmith who has an engaging tale to tell - and a tale that shold make us all think, without being lectured about discrimination and its effects on others.
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Dramaturgo premiado com o Pulitzer, Akhtar produz aqui uma obra de difícil definição. Homeland Elegies está encaixado nas narrativas autoficcionais, e, assim, é um pouco livro de memórias/autobiografia, mas é um romance também, há ficcionalização de passagens e personagens, um trecho é narrado como peça de teatro, e, cada capítulo em si não deixa de ser um ensaio sobre o estado das coisas a partir de um ponto de vista bastante pessoal. Filho de imigrantes, nascido nos EUA, no começo dos anos de 1970, ele resgata sua história, e transforma a narrativa numa espécie de jornada de aceitação de si mesmo como um americano muçulmano filho de estrangeiros, que sempre tentaram se assimilar ao país – especialmente ao pai, que, especialmente, por conta da amizade que julgou ter com Trump, sempre tentava achar maneiras de desculpar o presidente em suas atrocidades.
Há ecos do The Great Gatsby, no sentido da destruição das ilusões do sonho americano, e da construção de uma identidade forjada. Tanto Jay Gatsby quanto Ayad Akhtar (personagem de si mesmo) buscam uma aceitação numa sociedade que só irá os tolerar se derem aquilo que essa sociedade quer: no caso do primeiro, capital; e no do segundo, uma visão exótica do estrangeiro. Os altos e baixos – emocionais, financeiros, pessoais – da vida do protagonista aqui são um reflexo de sua trajetória em busca de seu lugar nessa sociedade, o que torna ainda mais complicado depois do 11 de setembro de 2001.
Há um sentido de apocalipse eminente aqui, uma sensação de que, a qualquer momento, tudo irá se esfacelar – e é isso que acontece, não apenas uma vez, mas várias. A experiência de Akhtar como dramaturgo o ajuda bastante na construção das cenas, diálogos e personagens, mas é o memorialista, falando de si mesmo em primeira pessoa, que emerge com força nesse mundo em ruínas. Um mundo que agora poderá ser reconstruído.
As an American, I decided 20 years ago (and having met an Aussie woman on the island of Bali) to move from the US to live in Australia. I haven’t regretted it, and now feel great empathy for my fellow Americans who are living through very difficult time.
This book is honest and multi-dimensional— no easy answers but requires accepting lots of nuances.
Well done in producing a snapshot of a conflicted America — still with promise but has to make some important decisions on what America is — from its leadership (cynical vs compassionate), education (dumbing down via media vs genuine thinking and finding truths), and jobs and industry (stagnant vs forward thinking).
This book helps to provokes thinking about those decisions.