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International Literature Festival The Hague

Winternachten 2018

Thu 18 - Sunday 21 January 2018


Frank Westerman meets Mohsin Hamid

Theater aan het Spui - Zaal 2
10,- | 7,50 (Uitpas) | 5,- (CJP, Studenten, Ooievaarspas)
Frank Westerman (l) meets Mohsin Hamid (r)
Frank Westerman (l) meets Mohsin Hamid (r)

Mohsin Hamid's novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007) is educational: it shows how hurtful our way of doing things can seem to an outsider. And how the sheer power of the West - apart from the question of whether it is justified - creates much bad blood among people who want to take part in it with their talent and intellect, but who continue to feel shut out. This was written by Leonie Breebaart in Trouw newspaper in a discussion of Hamid's bestseller.

Now, one decade later, Mohsin Hamid had a conversation with journalist and writer Frank Westerman. The latter takes his readers back - among others in Srebrenica, the Blackest Scenario and especially in A Word, a Word - to terrorist acts from the recent past.

Which are the right words and deeds to win the battle of ideas with the fundamentalists? The conversation was hosted by Chris Keulemans.

Right after the performance, Mohsin Hamid and Frank Westerman were at Van Stockum Bookshop in the foyer for a booksigning session.