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Mohsin Hamid

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Harcourt

2008 Fiction

Mohsin Hamid
Mohsin Hamid was born in Lahore, Pakistan. After completing his schooling in Pakistan, Hamid attended Princeton University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. It was at Princeton that Hamid took creative writing workshops and developed the draft of his first novel, Moth Smoke.

Hamid was accepted to Harvard Law School, but found he was more interested in writing than practicing law. He completely reinvented his novel, making the story into a trial and submitting it as his law school thesis. It was accepted and he received his JD with honors.

Moth Smoke was published in 2000 and won a Betty Trask Award for best first novel in the UK, was a runner up for the PEN/Hemingway Award and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. A best seller in Pakistan, it was made into a TV miniseries there and into an operetta in Italy.

After September 11, the war in Afghanistan and the terrorist attack on the Indian parliament, Hamid took a leave of absence from his McKinsey & Company job and returned to Pakistan, where he worked as a freelance journalist and on his second novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist.  Released to exceptional reviews, it is now being translated into 16 languages around the world.

Hamid became a British citizen in 2006 and currently resides in London.

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Blog Posts about Mohsin Hamid

REVIEW: Mohsin Hamid's "Exit West" Blazes Fresh Ground In Hot Political Climate

The blazing new novel from Mohsin Hamid opens with this sentence: “In a city swollen by refugees but still mostly at peace, or at least not yet openly at war, a young man met a young woman in a classroom and did not speak to her.” In “Exit West,” Nadia is “always clad from the tips of her toes to the bottom of her jugular in a flowing black robe,” a garb she will wear throughout her life. When Saeed meets her, they are taking an evening class on corporate identity and product branding, which seems like a sly reference to... Read More →

New Poetry Anthology Moves Grown Men To Tears -- And That Is Precisely The Point

Anthologies are tricky – and a new one called “Poems That Make Grown Men Cry” might seem like a gimmick. But readers who venture here will find that London editors Anthony and Ben Holden, a father and son, have come up with an engaging conversation-starter and a new angle on some marvelous work. They asked 100 men to write a brief introduction to a poem that choked them up. The “vast majority are public figures not prone to tears,” writes Anthony Holden, “as is supposedly the manly way, but here prepared to admit to caving in when... Read More →

REVIEW: Does Mohsin Hamid's "How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia" Deliver?

How To Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Riverhead Books, 228 pp., $26.95, on sale now Somewhere, a canny business professor may be plotting to put Mohsin Hamid's astringent new novel into an MBA course. It would be a brilliant move. Not because the advice it contains is revelatory -- "Get an Education" and "Work for Yourself" are actual chapter headings -- but because Hamid's tight, mesmerizing story raises the thorny questions that cluster around the bloom of wealth. Indeed, readers will detect a whiff on cultural criticism in the eight words... Read More →

VIDEO: Sneak Peek Of The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Mohsin Hamid We must have written about Mohsid Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist at least six times over the past year but only because we have been looking forward to the big-screen adaptation. It will finally be hitting the big screen in a few weeks (February 21) and The Guardian has given us a behind-the-scenes look at some of the film's more powerful moments. Check it out below and let us know what you think:  Read More →

Have You Seen "The Reluctant Fundamentalist"?

We've talked so much about Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist coming to the big screen next year and the wait is almost over. The adaptation is scheduled to hit theatres in February 2013 and we can't wait. It received rave reviews when it premiered at the Venice film festival this fall and critics have praised Mira Nair's vision.  In this Hollywood Reporter video, stars of the film (Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson and Keifer Sutherland) sit down with Nair to talk about filming and why they were drawn to the project.  Read More →

What's On Your Summer Reading List?

Kamila Shamsie We don't know what the weather is like where you live, but this weekend it's going to hot and humid. Just the thought of 90-degree temperatures sends us scrambling inside for the air conditioning and a good book.  Pakistan's Express Tribune listed their top 10 books to re-read this summer and even if you've never read some of these books, we'd say they make for an excellent use of time. Among those listed were two Anisfield-Wolf winners: Kamila Shamsie (2010) and Mohsin Hamid (2008).  Of Shamsie's Kartography: Kamila Shamsie is one of... Read More →

While We're Waiting For The Movie Adaptation Of "The Reluctant Fundamentalist"...

...you can hear about Mohsin Hamid's role in getting the project to the big screen. Are you as excited for the adaptation as we are? Read More →

VIDEO: Mohsin Hamid Talks About The Film Adaptation Of His Book, The Reluctant Fundamentalist

In advance of the film adaptation of Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist, take a look back at Hamid's talk on his book and what it means for it to be turned into a film with someone like noted director Mira Nair. Read More →

Books Vs. Movies: How Will "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" Fare On The Big Screen?

Mohsin Hamid 2008 Anisfield-Wolf award winner Mohsin Hamid's groundbreaking work, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, is getting the Hollywood treatment. The story follows a young Pakistani as he grapples with life after 9/11. Starring Riz Ahmed as Changez, the film will also feature Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, and Kiefer Sutherland. Mira Nair (The Namesake, Monsoon Wedding) will direct. There's always a murmur when beloved books and characters make the transition to the big screen. Devoted readers will either skip the film altogether or spend a great amount... Read More →
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