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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mohsin Hamid Narrator: Mohsin Hamid Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9780698189041
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Mohsin Hamid’s brilliant, moving, and extraordinarily clever novels have not only made him an international bestseller but his stories are at once timeless and of-the-moment, and his themes are universal: love, language, ambition, power, corruption, religion, family, identity.

A “water lily” who has called three countries on three continents his home—Pakistan, the birthplace to which he returned as a young father; the United States, where he spent his childhood and young adulthood; and Britain, where he married and became a citizen—Hamid writes about overlapping worlds with fluidity and penetrating insight.

Whether he is discussing courtship rituals or pop culture, drones or the rhythms of daily life in an extended family compound, he transports us beyond the scarifying headlines of an anxious West and a volatile East, beyond stereotype and assumption, and helps to bring a dazzling diverse global culture within emotional and intellectual reach.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Compelling…Its strongest entries reflect the same subtleties of thought [as his novels], laid down in his lapidary, crystalline prose.”

    New York Times

  • “Lucid, informative, and drily funny, these essays show that Hamid is one of the most perceptive commentators on contemporary global politics.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Make[s] a case for the way big issues unfold across individual lives. And yet his intent is not to trace the evolution of the war on terror but how it alters us on the most intimate terms.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Hamid is an amazingly gifted writer, and Discontent and Its Civilizations is a near-perfect essay collection, filled with insight, compassion, and intellect. It’s a powerful look at the way people juggle their individuality with the tensions that inevitably result from being part of a community.”


  • “Playing off the title of a Freud work on the tensions surrounding modern society, Hamid speaks at an easy pace with clear diction and a light accent as he conveys his messages of humanity’s universal themes, diversity, modernity, and the war on terrorism…His sense of timing and use of emphasis, however sporadic, connect well with his topics.”


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About the Author
Author Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid is the internationally bestselling author of Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Discontent and its Civilizations, and Exit West. His award-winning novels have been adapted for the cinema, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and translated into more than thirty languages. His essays and short stories have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and New Yorker, among many other publications.