Discontent and Its Civilizations: Dispatches from Lahore, New York and London
Paperback $24.99 - Penguin UK
Anthologies, Essays & Journals - Published: 23/Sep/2015 - ISBN: 9780241146323
'When I was younger, I thought of being a migrant and being foreign as things that made me different, an outsider. Now, I think these experiences are increasingly universal . . .'
Since 2000 novelist Mohsin Hamid has been writing about what it means to be an individual in an increasingly fragmented world. In the pieces gathered here he gives us a portrait of a man coming to terms with not only his place in that world but also how its convulsions and changes shape so many of us - for good and ill. Whether writing of his home life, about being a migrant or of today's geopolitical fault lines, Hamid gives us his deeply personal take on life at the beginning of the 21st century.
'Elegantly written. Hamid is a humane and rational voice demanding a better future.' Sunday Telegraph
'Elegantly crafted essays . . . will delight devotees of Hamid's work, and intrigue newcomers.' Prospect
'Excellent. Lucid, informative and drily funny . . . Hamid is one of the most perceptive commentators on contemporary global politics.' Sunday Times
'Reasonable, intelligent, humble. Just the sort of commentator the world could do with right now.' Independent
'Accessible, wise and beautifully clear.' Metro
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. His latest novel is The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007) published by Penguin. Mohsin Hamid currently lives, works and writes in London.
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