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Mohsin Hamid  [ Pakistan, United Kingdom ]

Biography

Hamid, portrait
Copyright Ed Kashi

Guest 2013, 2017.

Bibliography

Nachtschmetterlinge

dtv

München, 2002

DuMont

Köln, 2013

[Ü: Thomas Mohr]

Der Fundamentalist, der keiner sein wollte

Hoffmann und Campe

Hamburg, 2007

[Ü: Eike Schönfeld]

So wirst du stinkreich im boomenden Asien

DuMont

Köln, 2013

[Ü: Eike Schönfeld]

Discontent and Its Civilisations

Despatches from Lahore

Hamish Hamilton

New York & London, 2014

Exit West

DuMont

Köln, 2017

[Ü: Monika Köpfer]

www.mohsinhamid.com

Mohsin Hamid was born in Lahore in 1971. He spent part of his childhood in the United States, where his father worked at Stanford University. His family returned to Pakistan, where he attended Lahore American School. Hamid then enrolled at Princeton University, where took writing workshops with Joyce Carol Oates and Toni Morrison, among other writers, were teaching at the time. He wrote the first draft of his first novel for a workshop taught by Toni Morrison, and graduated summa cum laude from Princeton. He then visited Harvard Law School, graduating in 1997, and worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in New York for several years.

At McKinsey, he took time off to write his debut »Moth Smoke« (2000), with a court case at its center. This ambitious first work, both in terms of form and content, intertwines narrative voices and storylines. It is above all the first-person narrator’s voice, expressed directly in the present tense, that lends this decidedly contemporary novel its unique verve. Brought to the screen by Azfar Ali, critics declared »Daira« the »first experimental film in Pakistani television«. Hamid’s second novel »The Reluctant Fundamentalist« (2007) was an international bestseller, and was later filmed by Mira Nair. Once more, it is the protagonist’s unique voice that captivates us; Changez, sitting in a café in Lahore, engages in a constant monologue, that almost turns into a dialogue, and ruminates over a love affair, his suspicions following 9/11, and how he finally lost his job and returned to Pakistan from America. Hamid’s next novel »How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia« (2013) assumes the direct form of address characteristic of self-help and career guidance books, and satirizes the economic and cultural circumstances that give rise to such works. With virtuosity, he tells the story of the rise of a nameless boy and of an excessive economic system where water becomes a highly traded commodity. His most recent work »Exit West« (2017) is concerned with the key geopolitical theme of our times, the refugee crisis, and places mankind at its center. In a predominantly muslim-oriented country, an ill-matched couple is forced to emigrate due to increased external pressure.

Hamid regularly writes for »The New York Times«, »Time Magazine«, »The Guardian« and »The New Yorker«, among other publications, and has received numerous prizes, such as the Betty Trask Award, Ambassador Book Award, Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and Asian American Literary Award. Hamid lives in Lahore.

[http://www.mohsinhamid.com]

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