Terrorist: A Novel by John Updike
Reviewed by Christopher Hitchens
The Atlantic Monthly
"In 1978, just as I was beginning to become intrigued by the nascent menace of Islamist fanaticism, I read John Updike's novel The Coup. Set in the fictional African state of Kush, a Chad-like vastness dominated by a demagogue named Hakim Ellellou, it took its author far from the Pennsylvania suburbs and car lots, and indeed offered, through the hoarse voice of Ellellou, a highly dystopian view of them. 'What does the capitalist infidel make, you may ask, of the priceless black blood of Kush?' Ellellou asks, and then answers his own question..." Read the entire Atlantic Monthly review.