‘What Strange Paradise’ Explores Two Sides of a Migrant Crisis

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By Wendell Steavenson

WHAT STRANGE PARADISE
By Omar El Akkad

In his first novel, “American War,” Omar El Akkad upended the world order with a long-running civil war in a future America, precisely describing the violence and miseries he had witnessed as a reporter covering Afghanistan, Guantánamo and the Arab Spring for The Globe and Mail in Canada.

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