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Mohsin Hamid - Author

About the Author

Mohsin Hamid grew up in Lahore, attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School and worked for several years as a management consultant in New York. His first novel, Moth Smoke, was published in ten languages, won a Betty Trask Award, and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. His essays and journalism have appeared in Time, the New York Times and the Guardian, among others. Mohsin Hamid currently lives, works and writes in London.

Featured books by Mohsin Hamid

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

Author: Mohsin Hamid Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/02/2014

Mohsin Hamid's How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia is a bold new novel for the modern world. This book is a self-help book. Its objective, as it says on the cover, is to show you how to get filthy rich in rising Asia. And to do that it has to find you, huddled, shivering, on the packed earth under your mother's cot one cold, dewy morning. Your anguish is the anguish of a boy whose chocolate has been thrown away, whose remote controls are out of batteries, whose scooter is busted, whose new sneakers have been stolen. This is all the more remarkable since you've never in your life seen any of these things...

Other books by Mohsin Hamid

Reluctant Fundamentalist

Reluctant Fundamentalist

Author: Mohsin Hamid, Mohsin Hamid Format: eBook Release Date: 29/03/2018

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Reluctant Fundamentalist written and read by Mohsin Hamid. Excuse me, sir, but may I be of assistance? Ah, I see I have alarmed you. Do not be frightened by my beard. I am a lover of America . . . So speaks the mysterious stranger at a Lahore cafe as dusk settles. Invited to join him for tea, you learn his name and what led this speaker of immaculate English to seek you out. For he is more worldy than you might expect; better travelled and better educated. He knows the West better than you do. And as he tells you his story, of how he embraced the Western dream -- and a Western woman -- and how both betrayed him, so the night darkens. Then the true reason for your meeting becomes abundantly clear . . . Masterful . . . A poignant love story and a thriller that subtly ratchets up the nerve-jangling tension towards an explosive ending Metro

Exit West

Exit West

Author: Mohsin Hamid Format: eBook Release Date: 22/02/2018

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Exit West written and read by Mohsin Hamid. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017. This is Nadia. She is fiercely independent with an excellent sense of humour and a love of smoking alone on her balcony late at night. This is Saeed. He is sweet and shy and kind to strangers. He also has a balcony but he uses his for star-gazing. This is their story: a love story, but also a story about how we live now and how we might live tomorrow. Saeed and Nadia are falling in love, and their city is falling apart. Here is a world in crisis and two human beings travelling through it. Exit West is a heartfelt and radical act of hope - a novel to restore your faith in humanity and in the power of imagination. Mixing the real and the surreal, using old fairy-tale magic... Compelling, crystalline, unnervingly dystopian Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

L'integrista reticent

L'integrista reticent

Author: Mohsin Hamid Format: eBook Release Date: 21/12/2017

Assegut en una taula d'un cafe de Lahore, Pakistan, el jove Changez narra la seva vida a un ciutada nord-america que acaba de coneixer. Estudiant brillant, jove promesa d'una multinacional i amant de l'elegant Erika, Changez representava el somni de l'immigrant nord-america fins que l'atemptat de l'11 de setembre sacseja la seva vida: la desconfianca i el racisme creixent faran que Changez comenci a sentir-se expulsat de la vida occidental i l'arrossegaran a una profunda reflexio sobre l'encaix entre les seves arrels i el mon on viu. A travs d'un monleg captivador i vertigins, el jove exposar les claus que expliquen la fractura actual entre orient i occident. L'integrista reticent s un terratrmol literari decidit a radiografiar el mn on vivim.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Author: Mohsin Hamid Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

The Reluctant Fundamentalist is Mohsin Hamid's thrillingly provocative international bestseller, available as a Penguin Essential for the first time. Shortlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2007 Now a major film directed by Mira Nair and starring Kate Hudson and Kiefer Sutherland 'Excuse me, sir, but may I be of assistance? Ah, I see I have alarmed you. Do not be frightened by my beard. I am a lover of America . . . ' So speaks the mysterious stranger at a Lahore cafe as dusk settles. Invited to join him for tea, you learn his name and what led this speaker of immaculate English to seek you out. For he is more worldy than you might expect; better travelled and better educated. He knows the West better than you do. And as he tells you his story, of how he embraced the Western dream -- and a Western woman -- and how both betrayed him, so the night darkens. Then the true reason for your meeting becomes abundantly clear . . . Challenging, mysterious and thrillingly tense, Mohsin Hamid's masterly The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a vital read teeming with questions and ideas about some of the most pressing issues of today's globalised, fractured world. 'Masterful . . . A multi-layered and thoroughly gripping book, which works as a poignant love story, a powerful dissection of how US imperialist machinations have turned so many people against the world's superpower - and as a thriller that subtly ratchets up the nerve-jangling tension towards an explosive ending' Metro 'Beautifully written . . . more exciting than any thriller I've read for a long time' Philip Pullman 'A brilliant book' Kiran Desai 'Admirably spare and amazingly exciting' Rachel Cooke, New Statesman Mohsin Hamid is the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Moth Smoke and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. His fiction has been translated into over 30 languages, received numerous awards, and been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He has contributed essays and short stories to publications such as the Guardian, The New York Times, Financial Times, Granta, and Paris Review. Born and mostly raised in Lahore, he spent part of his childhood in California, studied at Princeton University and Harvard Law School, and has since lived between Lahore, London, and New York.

Exit West

Exit West

Author: Mohsin Hamid Format: eBook Release Date: 07/03/2017

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 MAN BOOKER PRIZEFINALIST FOR THE 2017 KIRKUS PRIZEA NEW YORK TIMES ANDTIME MAGAZINE "e;BEST BOOK OF 2017"e;';A breathtaking novel[that] arrives at an urgent time.' NPR.org';It was as if Hamid knew what was going to happen to America and the world, and gave us a road map to our future At once terrifying and oddly hopeful.' Ayelet Waldman,The New York Times Book Review';Moving, audacious, and indelibly human.' Entertainment Weekly, ';A' rating ';A finalist for the Man Booker Prize and a New York Times bestseller, the astonishingly visionary love story that imagines the forces that drive ordinary people from their homes into the uncertain embrace of new lands. In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meetsensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doorsdoors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. . . . Exit West follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.

Exit West SHORTLISTED for the Man Booker Prize 2017

Exit West SHORTLISTED for the Man Booker Prize 2017

Author: Mohsin Hamid Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2017

SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017 *A Barack Obama top ten book of 2017* WINNER of the LA Times Prize for Fiction * WINNER of the Aspen Words Literary Prize Shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 'Astonishing' Zadie Smith * 'Stunning' Spectator * 'Extraordinary' TLS An extraordinary story of love and hope from the bestselling, Man Booker-shortlisted author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist All over the world, doors are appearing. They lead to other cities, other countries, other lives. And in a city gripped by war, Nadia and Saeed are newly in love. Hardly more than strangers, desperate to survive, they open a door and step through. But the doors only go one way. Once you leave, there is no going back. 'One of the year's most significant literary works' The New York Times 'A masterpiece' Michael Chabon 'Addictively readable and brilliantly written. Fantastic' Mail on Sunday Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction Shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Association Awards for Best Novel Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2018 and finalist for the Neustadt Prize 2018

Exit West SHORTLISTED for the Man Booker Prize 2017

Exit West SHORTLISTED for the Man Booker Prize 2017

Author: Mohsin Hamid Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/02/2017

SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017 SHORTLISTED FOR THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR FICTION NOMINATED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR FICTION Winner of the Aspen Words Literary Prize *One of Barack Obama's top ten books of 2017* The Times Top 10 Bestseller Guardian Top 10 Bestseller The New York Times Top 5 Bestseller Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2018 and finalist for the Neustadt Prize 2018 'Spare, crystalline prose, mixing the real and the surreal and using old fairy-tale magic... An unnervingly dystopian portrait of what might lie down the road' Michiko Kakutani, New York Times An extraordinary story of love and hope from the bestselling, Man Booker-shortlisted author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist Nadia and Saeed are two ordinary young people, attempting to do an extraordinary thing - to fall in love - in a world turned upside down. Theirs will be a love story but also a story about how we live now and how we might live tomorrow, of a world in crisis and two human beings travelling through it. Civil war has come to the city which Nadia and Saeed call home. Before long they will need to leave their motherland behind - when the streets are no longer useable and the unknown is safer than the known. They will join the great outpouring of people fleeing a collapsing city, hoping against hope, looking for their place in the world . . .

Discontent and Its Civilizations Dispatches from Lahore, New York and London

Discontent and Its Civilizations Dispatches from Lahore, New York and London

Author: Mohsin Hamid Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2015

Discontent and its Civilizations collects the best of Mohsin Hamid's writing on subjects as diverse and wide-ranging as Pakistan; fatherhood; the death of Osama Bin Laden and the writing of The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Unified by the author's humane, clear-headed and witty voice, the book makes a compelling case for recognizing our common humanity while relishing our diversity - both as readers and citizens; for resisting the artificial mono-identities of religion or nationality or race; and for always judging a country or nation by how it treats its minorities, as 'Each individual human being is, after all, a minority of one'.

Discontent and its Civilizations

Discontent and its Civilizations

Author: Mohsin Hamid Format: eBook Release Date: 24/02/2015

From ';one of his generation's most inventive and gifted writers' (The New York Times), intimate and sharply observed commentary on life, art, politics, and ';the war on terror.'Mohsin Hamid's brilliant, moving, and extraordinarily clever novels have not only made him an international bestseller, they have earned him a reputation as a ';master critic of the modern global condition' (Foreign Policy). His stories are at once timeless and of-the-moment, and his themes are universal: love, language, ambition, power, corruption, religion, family, identity. Here he explores this terrain from a different angle in essays that deftly counterpoise the personal and the political, and are shot through with the same passion, imagination, and breathtaking shifts of perspective that gives his fiction its unmistakable electric charge.A ';water lily' who has called three countries on three continents his homePakistan, the birthplace to which he returned as a young father; the United States, where he spent his childhood and young adulthood; and Britain, where he married and became a citizenHamid writes about overlapping worlds with fluidity and penetrating insight. Whether he is discussing courtship rituals or pop culture, drones or the rhythms of daily life in an extended family compound, he transports us beyond the scarifying headlines of an anxious West and a volatile East, beyond stereotype and assumption, and helps to bring a dazzling diverse global culture within emotional and intellectual reach.

Discontent and Its Civilizations

Discontent and Its Civilizations

Author: Mohsin Hamid Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2014

Foreign Policy s 100 leading global thinkers in 2013 We re born with an in-built capacity for language. It is wired into our brains, just as an in-built capacity for breathing is wired into our lungs. We need language. We need language to tell stories. We need stories to create a self. Alongside his highly acclaimed novels, Mohsin Hamid has written superb pieces over the years about politics, literature, and his own life. Collected together for the first time, they show that Hamid is not just a great novelist but a master critic of the modern global condition . Provocative, dexterous, full of ideas this is a sparkling collection.

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

Author: Mohsin Hamid Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/02/2014

Mohsin Hamid's How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia is a bold new novel for the modern world. This book is a self-help book. Its objective, as it says on the cover, is to show you how to get filthy rich in rising Asia. And to do that it has to find you, huddled, shivering, on the packed earth under your mother's cot one cold, dewy morning. Your anguish is the anguish of a boy whose chocolate has been thrown away, whose remote controls are out of batteries, whose scooter is busted, whose new sneakers have been stolen. This is all the more remarkable since you've never in your life seen any of these things...

Moth Smoke

Moth Smoke

Author: Mohsin Hamid Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2011

Moth Smoke is the first novel by Mohsin Hamid, author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist 'You know you're in trouble when you can't meet a woman's eye, particularly if the woman happens to be your best friend's wife.' In Lahore, Daru Shezad is a junior banker with a hashish habit. When his old friend Ozi moves back to Pakistan, Daru wants to be happy for him. Ozi has everything: a beautiful wife and child, an expensive foreign education - and a corrupt father who bankrolls his lavish lifestyle. As jealousy sets in, Daru's life slowly unravels. He loses his job. Starts lacing his joints with heroin. Becomes involved with a criminally-minded rickshaw driver. And falls in love with Ozi's lonely wife. But how low can Daru sink? Is he guilty of the crime he finds himself on trial for? 'A vivid portrait of contemporary young Pakistani life, where frustration and insecurity feed not only the snobbery, decadence and aspirations of the rich, but also the resentment of the poor' The Times 'Fast-paced, intelligent . . . pulls us, despite ourselves, into its spiralling wake' New Yorker 'A subtly audacious . . .prodigious descendant of hard-boiled lit and film noir. A steamy and often darkly amusing book about sex, drugs, and class warfare in postcolonial Asia' Village Voice 'Stunning, a hip page-turner' Los Angeles Times 'Sharply observed, powerful, evocative' Financial Times 'A novel of remarkable wit, poise, profundity, and strangeness. A treat' Esquire Mohsin Hamid is the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Moth Smoke and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. His fiction has been translated into over 30 languages, received numerous awards, and been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He has contributed essays and short stories to publications such as the Guardian, The New York Times, Financial Times, Granta, and Paris Review. Born and mostly raised in Lahore, he spent part of his childhood in California, studied at Princeton University and Harvard Law School, and has since lived between Lahore, London, and New York.

Reluctant Fundamentalist

Reluctant Fundamentalist

Author: Mohsin Hamid Format: eBook Release Date: 15/01/2008

At a cafe table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with a suspicious and possibly armed American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful meeting.Changez is living an immigrant's dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up by Underwood Samson, an elite firm that specializes in the valuation of companies ripe for acquisition. He thrives on the energy of New York. But in the wake of 9/11, he finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned. And Changez's own identity is in seismic shift as well, unearthing allegiances more fundamental than money, power, and perhaps even love.

Moth Smoke

Moth Smoke

Author: Mohsin Hamid Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2007

Through a brilliant array of perspectives, author Mohsin Hamid tells the story of one love-struck Daru Shezad who, when fired from his banking job, instantly removes himself from the ranks of Pakistan's cell-phone-toting elite and plunges into a life of drugs and crime. But when a heist goes awry, Daru finds himself on trial for a murder he may or may not have committed. His uncertain fate mirrors that of Pakistan itself, animated by nuclear weapons and sapped by corruption.