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Podcast Episode 16
12:01pm

A Hero of Our Time

with Naben Ruthnum
Hosted by Peter Schneider

A Hero of Our Time

with Naben Ruthnum
Hosted by Peter Schneider
21
Tuesday
Jun
12:01pm
Naben Ruthnum - Photo by Ian Patterson

Peter Schneider interviews Naben Ruthnam about his novel, A Hero of Our Time, a vicious takedown of superficial diversity initiatives and tech culture, with a beating heart of broken sincerity.

 

Osman Shah is a pitstop on his white colleague Olivia Robinson’s quest for corporate domination at AAP, an edutech startup determined to automate higher education. Osman, obsessed by Olivia’s ability to successfully disguise ambition and self-interest as collectivist diversity politics, is bent on exposing her. Aided by his colleague turned comrade-in-arms Nena, who loathes and tolerates him in equal measure, Osman delves into Olivia's twisted past. But at every turn, he's stymied by his unfailing gift for cruel observation, which he turns with most ferocity on himself, without ever noticing what it is that stops him from connecting to anyone in his past or present. As Osman loses his grip on his family, Nena, and everything he thought was essential to his identity, he confronts an enemy who may simply be too good at her job to be defeated.

 

A Hero of Our Time cracks the veneer of well-intentioned race conversations in the West, dismantles cheery narratives of progress through tech and “streamlined” education, and exposes the venomous self-congratulation and devouring lust for wealth, power, and property that lurks beneath. 

 

Books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.

 

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