Mohsin Hamid on leaving home
Kirsty Wark discusses migration and expanding borders with novelist Mohsin Hamid, lawyer Carol Bohmer, theatre director Robert Hastie and former Portuguese minister Bruno Macaes.
With millions of people on the move around the world, the novelist Mohsin Hamid has set his latest novel against the backdrop of the refugee crisis. He tells Kirsty Wark how he imagined those fleeing home passing through mysterious black doors into other parts of the world. The lawyer and sociologist Carol Bohmer examines the culture of suspicion which greets migrants when they arrive. She looks at how officials judge the line between truth and deception, and increasingly label people as liars, criminals or terrorists. While many countries are looking to fortify their borders, the former Portuguese Europe Minister Bruno Maçães believes we need to think on a super-continental scale. He travelled overland from the edges of Europe to the heart of Asia arguing for a new world order. But the theatre director Robert Hastie is more interested in what connects people to the land and their origins, as he revives Peter Gill's play The York Realist - a reflection on the rival forces of place, class and longing.
Producer: Katy Hickman.
Exit West is published by Hamish Hamilton.
Political Asylum Deceptions: The Culture of Suspicion, co-authored with Amy Shuman is published by Palgrave Macmillan
The Dawn of Eurasia: On the Trail of the New World Order is published by Allen Lane.
The York Realist directed by Robert Hastie runs at the Donmar Warehouse from 8th February – 24th March; and at the Sheffield Crucible from 27th March – 7th April.
|Interviewed Guest||Mohsin Hamid|
|Interviewed Guest||Carol Bohmer|
|Interviewed Guest||Robert Hastie|
|Interviewed Guest||Bruno Macaes|