Amitava Kumar's A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb is reviewed in today's New York Times. Dwight Garner says the book is a "perceptive and soulful . . . meditation on the
global war on terror and its cultural and human repercussions." He concludes, "A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb carries in
the crook of its own arm Mr. Kumar’s plaintive appeal. If we’re to
bridge the perilous divide that separates us from those poor and
unnamed people who resent us, we first need to see them, to look into
their eyes. We need, Mr. Kumar writes, 'to acknowledge that they exist.'
This angry and artful book is a first step." An excerpt from the book is also posted on Guernica this week, and Kumar's new novel, Nobody Does the Right Thingis reviewed at Sepia Mutiny. And you can listen to WNYC's Leonard Lopate interview Kumar about the War on Terror here.