Colson Whitehead on Art, Violence, and Villainy

Going deep (and laughing darkly) with the author of The Nickel Boys and The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead at ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2019. Photo: Hindustan Times/Getty Images

“In writing the book, I was confronting my own feelings of powerlessness and incomprehensibility about how the world works.”

“We know who Donald Trump is. But who is the eight-year-old in the concentration camp, taking care of her five-year-old brother? Who is that person?”

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