Kamila Shamsie’s ambitious novel Home Fire, a contemporary re-imagining of Sophocles’s tragedy Antigone, is a literary thriller about prejudice, the slide into radicalisation and an expansive love story. “The standout book of the year” (Observer). “Brave and brilliant” (The Sunday Times). Neel Mukherjee’s A State of Freedom, set in contemporary India, is a novel about displacement, migration and society’s inequalities. “A powerful, troubling novel” (Sarah Waters). They discuss the ability of fiction to interpret the turbulent times in which we live and to make us re-think pre-conceived ideas with Catherine Taylor, freelance critic and journalist, former Deputy Director of English PEN.
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