The Reluctant Fundamentalist

by Mohsin Hamid

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In the wake of September 11, Changez, a Pakistani man in Manhattan, finds his position in the city he loves suddenly overturned, and his budding relationship with Erica eclipsed by the reawakened ghosts of her past. Changez's own identity is in seismic shift as well, unearthing allegiances more fundamental than money, power, and perhaps even love.


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The Reluctant Fundamentalist Synopsis

 Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2007. '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 her 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...

The Reluctant Fundamentalist Press Reviews

Praise for The Reluctant Fundamentalist:


'Beautifully written ...more exciting than any thriller I've read for a long time.' Philip Pullman


'Admirably spare and amazingly exciting.' Rachel Cooke, New Statesman


'Sharp, relevant, impressively intelligent ...entertains at the same time as it makes you think.'  Daily Telegraph.


'A cleverly constructed fable of infatuation and disenchantment...Intelligent and highly engaging, genuinely provocative.' Guardian


'A brilliant book.' Kiran Desai


'Prods the intellect, quickens the pace and captures the imagination.' Sunday Times

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ISBN: 9780241964170
Publication date: 28/03/2013
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

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Book Information

ISBN: 9780241964170
Publication date: 28th March 2013
Author: Mohsin Hamid
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Mohsin Hamid

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.

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