Search Results: "Mohsin Hamid"


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MOTH SMOKE by Mohsin Hamid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"A strong novelistic imagination is at work in this unusual and compelling debut: a rich, and genuinely disturbing view of the external and inner worlds of one of the most engagingly disgraceful antiheroes in recent fiction."
First-person narration and interpolated "testimony" from his loved ones, cohorts, and victims are expertly interwoven in this dazzling first novel, a story that recounts the appalling misadventures of Pakistani equivalent of Donleavy's Ginger Man or Amis's Lucky Jim. Read full book review >

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EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"One of the most bittersweet love stories in modern memory and a book to savor even while despairing of its truths."
Hamid (Discontent and Its Civilizations, 2014, etc.) crafts a richly imaginative tale of love and loss in the ashes of civil war. Read full book review >

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DISCONTENT AND ITS CIVILIZATIONS by Mohsin Hamid
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Passion and hope infuse Hamid's most incisive dispatches."
An acclaimed novelist reports on peril, war and peace. Read full book review >

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Released: March 5, 2013

"Another great success for Hamid and another illustration of how richly the colonial margins are feeding the core of literature in English."
An extravagantly good alternate-universe Horatio Alger story for the teeming billions, affirming all that's right—and wrong—with economic globalization. Read full book review >

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THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST by Mohsin Hamid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2007

"A superb cautionary tale, and a grim reminder of the continuing cost of ethnic profiling, miscommunication and confrontation."
A young Muslim's American experience raises his consciousness and shapes his future in this terse, disturbing successor to the London-based Pakistani author's first novel, Moth Smoke (2000). Read full book review >

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DUTY FREE by Moni Mohsin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"A zesty South Asian accent gives this lightweight romp some heft."
In Pakistan-born, London-resident Mohsin's U.S. debut, an affluent Lahore housewife reluctantly seeks a suitable bride for her nerdy cousin Jonkers. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 24, 2016

"A colorful account of the rise of Islamic radicals in Afghanistan."
This first installment of a two-volume history tracks the ascent of Afghanistan as a hotbed for terrorism. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 15, 2012

"A remarkable, eye-opening autobiography that's as relevant as it is revelatory."
A homosexual Afghan man soberly details his journey from a discriminative country toward freedom. Read full book review >

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IRAN by Hamid Dabashi
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2007

"An eye-opening, if partial, consideration of a nation in need of understanding."
Set aside the question of whether Iran is part of an axis of evil. Ask instead: What is Iran? Read full book review >

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ISLAMIC EXCEPTIONALISM by Shadi Hamid
NON-FICTION
Released: June 7, 2016

"Fresh, provocative thinking on the 'Arab problem.'"
Why can't the Islamic world be more secular and liberal like "we" are? Read full book review >

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RAMADAN by Suhaib Hamid Ghazi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1996

"That's not true of Rayyan's artwork, which is replete with images of the sacred and the profane; it's an eyeful of Islamic motifs, from delicate filigree to miniature panels to a well-lighted mosque that appears to be carved out of the dark. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-10)"
Ghazi, while never stating forthrightly that Allah is the same God Christians and Jews worship, explains Ramadan, Islam's holiest month, with pedantry as the guiding force. Read full book review >