Dwight Garner: “Writers have sought to capture the experience of the outsider, the exile, the wanderer”

From a New York Times Critic’s Notebook story by Dwight Garner headlined “Humanity, Once Again Uprooted”:

Pursued by the armies of Vladimir Putin, a shark for all seasons, refugees are pouring through Europe at a rate not seen since World War II, according to the United Nations. It’s rarely seemed truer, as Don DeLillo wrote in “Zero K,” his 2016 novel, that “half the world is redoing its kitchens; the other half is starving.” The starving half, as often as not, is on the run.