John Updike Explores Arab Immigrant Culture

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In Terrorist, John Updike writes about the tension between Muslim immigrants -- and the culture that surrounds them. Martha Updike hide caption

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In Terrorist, John Updike writes about the tension between Muslim immigrants -- and the culture that surrounds them.

Martha Updike

John Updike has made a career out of chronicling American culture. And he has no trouble conjuring up a young man who is repelled by it.

That teenager, a Muslim named Ahmad, is the central character of Updike's novel, Terrorist, which is set in the changing immigrant neighborhoods of northern New Jersey.

Our conversation with Updike is the latest in a series of talks about issues involved in the immigration debate.

Book Excerpt: 'Terrorist'

'Terrorist' by John Updike

Read the opening passage of John Updike's novel, Terrorist:

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In a series of conversations, we tackle some of the broad, underlying themes in the immigration debate, including assimilation, the use of language, the meaning of citizenship. We'll talk with comedian Carlos Mencia, author John Updike, Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos and others.

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