Foreign Policy Magazine

Does the world really need nation-states?

To CHIGOZIE OBIOMA, there is more to writing fiction than crafting engaging characters and plots. Writers, he says, have an opportunity to assess and critique the world in which they live. The 2015 Global Thinker’s debut novel, The Fishermen, is a domestic drama about sibling rivalry, but it’s also an allegory for Nigeria’s destructive colonial legacy. TAIYE SELASI, though, finds value in literary stories that singularly explore interior landscapes, free of societal or political metaphor. To that end, her acclaimed 2013 novel, Ghana Must Go, delves into an immigrant family dealing with the death of its patriarch. Both authors are interested in the reasons intimate relationships can cease to function and in the complex forces that shape identity—well beyond

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Foreign Policy Magazine

Foreign Policy Magazine11 min read
Twilight of the Kurds
Kurdish officials once dreamed of forging their own state out of the ashes of the war against the Islamic State. Now they are fighting for their very survival.
Foreign Policy Magazine8 min read
Edward Lansdale and America’s Vietnam Demons
A new book explores a legendary advisor who may have had the secret to success in Vietnam—and in winning today’s forever war.
Foreign Policy Magazine1 min read
Contributors
Supriya Nair is a Mumbai-based journalist and editor of The Caravan Book of Profiles, a collection of long-form reporting about South Asian politics and culture. Her work has been featured in the Atlantic, Vogue India, and the Mumbai Mirror. Saul El