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Episode 280: Mohsin Hamid

BY MEGAN LABRISE • August 9, 2022

Mohsin Hamid returns with 'a brilliantly realized allegory of racial transformation.'

On this week’s episode, sponsored by Amazon Original Stories, New York Times–bestselling author Mohsin Hamid joins us to discuss The Last White Man (Riverhead, Aug. 2). This slim, brilliant novel follows 2017’s Exit West, a Booker Prize and Kirkus Prize finalist.

Here’s a bit more from our starred review of The Last White Man: “Hamid’s latest opens with a scenario worthy of Kafka: A young man named Anders awakens ‘to find he [has] turned a deep and undeniable brown.’ Faced with the shock of this metamorphosis, he punches the mirror that reveals the stranger who is he.…Hamid’s story is poignant and pointed, speaking to a more equitable future in which widespread change, though confusing and dislocating in the moment, can serve to erase the divisions of old as they fade away with the passing years.…A provocative tale that raises questions of racial and social justice at every turn.”

Hamid and host Megan Labrise discuss Anders’ response to his change in skin tone; Anders’ relationship with high school sweetheart, Oona; the universality of wanting to believe you are a “good person”; the incantatory quality of longer sentences; how society shapes our understanding of our selves; the pleasures of working with longtime editor Rebecca Saletan; profound loss as an essential component of human existence; and much more.

Then young readers’ editors Laura Simeon and Mahnaz Dar, and editor-in-chief Tom Beer share their top picks in books for the week.

 

EditorsPicks:

How You Grow Wings by Rimma Onoseta (Algonquin)

Creepy Crayon! by Aaron Reynolds, illus. by Peter Brown (Simon & Schuster)

Shy: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers by Mary Rodgers and Jesse Green (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

 

Also mentioned on this episode:

Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld (Random House)

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (Crown)

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson (HarperCollins)

Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers (Harper & Row)

 

Thanks to our advertisers:

Toofer & The Giblet by Paulette LeBlanc

Princess of Shadows by Colin Alexander 

The Tooth Fairy by Davide Tarsitano

Management Practices of Successful CEOs by James P. Armatas, Phd

Once in a Lifetime by Suzanne Mattaboni

 

Fully Booked is produced by Cabel Adkins Audio and Megan Labrise.

 

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