Ayad Akhtar is a playwright, novelist, the winner of the Pulitzer Prize and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the author of AMERICAN DERVISH, published in over 20 languages and named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012. His plays include Disgraced (Lincoln Center, Broadway; Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Tony nomination) 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.
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 finest artExuberant, insightful, and wickedly entertaining... a deeply moving father and son story 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 readAstonishing... absolutely brilliantAt the core of this flashing, kinetic coil of stories - part One Thousand and One Nights, part reality TV - is a passionate, wrenching portrayal of Americans exiled into 'otherness' by a post-9/11 World