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A new story specially commissioned for Radio 4 from Teju Cole, one of the most interesting writers on multiculturalism working today, and read by Riz Ahmed (Four Lions, The Reluctant Fundamentalist).

Husain, a New York gas station attendant, worries about love. Concerned for his ageing parents back in Pakistan, he makes a rash decision which has serious consequences for his relationship.

Teju Cole is a Nigerian-American writer, photographer and art historian. His 2011 novel Open City was described by the Guardian as, "an excellent novel about spatial relations, layers of urban history and immigrant experience". Using Cole's trademark insight and subtlety, Second God explores how definitions of love can differ around the world, and what this means for two people in modern New York.

Riz Ahmed, also known as Riz MC, is an English actor and rapper of Pakistani descent. He has appeared in many acclaimed films including The Reluctant Fundamentalist, The Road to Guantanamo, Shifty, Britz, Four Lions, Ill Manors, and Nightcrawler. He also has a lead role in forthcoming HBO series The Night Of, premiering in July 2016.

Writer: Teju Cole

Reader: Riz Ahmed

Producer: Simon Richardson.