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Theo Tait: Mohsin Hamid

16 November 2017
Exit West 
by Mohsin Hamid.
Hamish Hamilton, 229 pp., £12.99, March 2017, 978 0 241 29008 8
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... The real question​ raised by the refugee crisis of 2015, MohsinHamid wrote at the time, is ‘not whether the people of the countries of Europe wish to accept more refugees’. The real question is whether ‘they wish their countries to become the sorts of societies ...

Your Inner Salmon

Nick Richardson: Mohsin Hamid

20 June 2013
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia 
by Mohsin Hamid.
Hamish Hamilton, 228 pp., £14.99, March 2013, 978 0 241 14466 4
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... ill; but their doctor tells you ‘you should pray’ and your mother dies, so you ‘ask a wrinkled old man with hennaed hair and a cut-throat razor finally to give you a shave’. Only you don’t. MohsinHamid’s How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia is written in the second-person singular, but his ‘you’ is unlikely to resemble you very much. ‘You’ marries a woman half his age, with a ...

Not Entirely Like Me

Amit Chaudhuri: Midnight at Marble Arch

4 October 2007
The Reluctant Fundamentalist 
by Mohsin Hamid.
Hamish Hamilton, 184 pp., £14.99, March 2007, 978 0 241 14365 0
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... something and meaning the opposite; but the unsaid that governs the terrorist’s attenuated destiny, the mullah’s rant, and Hitchens’s polemic, isn’t irony, but something else. As reviews of MohsinHamid’s second novel began to appear earlier this year, I was reminded, for some reason, of that encounter from almost twenty years ago. Not that my story and Hamid’s are exactly similar; but ...

Qatrina and the Books

Amit Chaudhuri: What is Pakistani Writing?

27 August 2009
The Wasted Vigil 
by Nadeem Aslam.
Faber, 436 pp., £7.99, June 2009, 978 0 571 23880 4
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... In no obvious way connected to all this, a handful of Anglophone writers has recently been emerging from that country. Most of them are young, and have written one or two or three books; some, like MohsinHamid and Mohammed Hanif, have successful careers and lives elsewhere. Their work is not part of the long 20th century; they are not a necessary component of a post-colonial efflorescence, as Indian ...

Disruptors

Nick Richardson: Ned Beauman

16 July 2014
Glow 
by Ned Beauman.
Sceptre, 249 pp., £16.99, June 2014, 978 1 4447 6551 9
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... revelations about Thai prawn farms, which, like Lacebark, feed workers drugs to increase productivity then work them to death. Many good novels in the past few years – by Tash Aw, Aravind Adiga and MohsinHamid among others – have dealt with the uneasy relationship between capital, corruption and emerging economies. Next to them Glow looks inappropriately light: what are the star-nosed mole and the ...
20 February 2014
... as it were, to the inoffensive Rushdie of The Ground beneath Her Feet. The essay argued that World Literature should really be called Global Literature. It has its royalty, like Coetzee and Ondaatje, MohsinHamid and Kiran Desai; its prizes (the Nobel, the International Man Booker), its festivals (Jaipur, Hay), and its intellectual support system (the universities). The success of World Literature, the ...

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