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Mohsin Hamid

Autor(a) de The Reluctant Fundamentalist

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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 mostrar mais and journalism have appeared in Time, the New York Times and the Guardian, among others. His latest novel is The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007) published by Penguin. He will be featured at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2015 program. He is the author of Exit West, which in 2018, won the inaugural Aspen Words Literary Prize. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Image credit: Mohsin Hamid, Lahore, 2004. Photo Credit: Ed Kashi.

Obras de Mohsin Hamid

The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007) 5,217 cópias
Exit West (2017) 3,606 cópias
Moth Smoke (2000) 760 cópias
The Last White Man (2022) 366 cópias
A Beheading 2 cópias
The Third-Born 1 exemplar(es)
Az utolsó fehér ember 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Pereira Maintains (1994) — Introdução, algumas edições2,196 cópias
Granta 112: Pakistan (2010) — Contribuinte — 172 cópias
The Guardian Review Book of Short Stories (2011) — Autor — 50 cópias
Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan (2009) — Contribuinte — 13 cópias


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Conhecimento Comum



A fascinating trip into the minds of white people whose skin begins turning black. At first it only happens to a few people. In the mind of the storyteller, you can see his shifting sense of self, his fear at what he expects to experience from his observations of other people of color in his town. The book ends on an interesting note: when all people are the same color — no matter what that might be — it is possible to regain ones sense of self and security. An interesting read. The writing style was something I thought I would never like, but it worked really well for this book.… (mais)
krazy4katz | outras 15 resenhas | Mar 5, 2024 |
You may say Hamid is a dreamer. He imagines a world in which human migration becomes an unstoppable physical act, so that immigration policies and border controls are moot. Millions of refugees and migrants from poor countries step through doors and emerge in rich Western countries. The West initially tries to counter this human movement through force, people believe in scarcity and seek to protect what they have, religious teaching often being a weak force in conflict with human instinct, but fairly soon the West accepts new arrivals as nothing else can really be done, and "reports of [conflict] seemed less than apocalyptic... existence went on in tolerable safety."

But the macro view is not Hamid's focus. He does not write about policymakers, or political leaders, or national figures. He writes about individuals and how the experience of migration affects them; mostly through the characters of Saeed and Nadia (from an unnamed Mosul), but also through vignettes of other people from other places. Of one family, he writes, "That they were ashamed, and that they did not yet know that shame, for the displaced, was a common feeling, and that there was, therefore, no particular shame in being ashamed."

The novel is more dreamy than detail oriented, more magical realist that realist, touchingly written, and its lovely humanist approach to the issue of refugees and migration is certainly timely and welcome. When Hamid writes, "the only divisions that mattered now were between those who sought the right of passage and those who would deny them passage, and in such a world the religion of the righteous must defend those who sought passage," it's a clear political and religious rallying cry for the sort of world we should aspire to.
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lelandleslie | outras 230 resenhas | Feb 24, 2024 |
Unnamed country amidst a civil war. Two young lovers caught within the levers of a real and unreal destiny.
ben_r47 | outras 230 resenhas | Feb 22, 2024 |
Hard to review this book because it was a first-person narrative told to a relative stranger over a meal in Lahore, Pakistan. The protagonist is a Pakistani native, who attended Princeton University on a scholarship and then stayed in New York City, working for a large corporation. Much of his story takes place there. After 9/11, though, everything changed, particularly the way in which Asians were treated here and he eventually returned to Pakistan, but it also explores the notion of cultural pride when it is in conflict with one's sense of morality. Must wonder how much was partly autobiographical, and there were many keen observations throughout.… (mais)
bschweiger | outras 249 resenhas | Feb 4, 2024 |



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