Terrorist: A Novel by John Updike
Reviewed by James Wood
The New Republic Online
John Updike's new novel, which is about a Muslim teenager tempted to become a suicide bomber, is surely a harbinger: in the next few years, one of the central novelistic subjects will be religious fundamentalism and its relation to Western secular society. Dostoevsky and Conrad will cast large, provoking shadows over the writers who approach the subject. Those two writers, along with Nietzsche, were the great analysts of the 'underground,' seeking out the psychological and ideological sources of resentment and impotence." Read the entire New Republic Online review.