Discontent and Its Civilizations: Dispatches from Lahore, New York and London (Paperback)Mohsin Hamid (author)
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Civilizations are illusions, but these illusions are pervasive, dangerous, and powerful. They contribute to globalization’s brutality. They allow us, for example, to say that we believe in global free markets and, in the same breath, to discount as impossible the global free movement of labor; to claim that we believe in democracy and human equality, and yet to stymie the creation of global institutions based on one-person-one-vote and equality before the law.
Discontent and its Civilizations collects the best of Mohsin Hamid's writing on subjects as diverse and wide-ranging as Pakistan; fatherhood; the death of Osama Bin Laden and the writing of The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Unified by the author's humane, clear-headed and witty voice, the book makes a compelling case for recognizing our common humanity while relishing our diversity - both as readers and citizens; for resisting the artificial mono-identities of religion or nationality or race; and for always judging a country or nation by how it treats its minorities, as 'Each individual human being is, after all, a minority of one'.
Mohsin Hamid 's fiction has been translated into over 30 languages, received numerous awards, and been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He has contributed essays and short stories to publications such as the Guardian, The New York Times, Financial Times, Granta, and Paris Review. Born and mostly raised in Lahore, he spent part of his childhood in California, studied at Princeton University and Harvard Law School, and has since lived between Lahore, London, and New York.
‘In contrast with the debased language of extremism, militarism and nationalism, his is a humane and rational voice demanding a better future’ Sunday Times
‘Elegantly crafted . . . will delight devotees of his work, and intrigue newcomers. Hamid makes a compelling case for pushing back against the mono-identities of religion, nationality and race and for embracing the things that all human beings share’. Prospect
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 149 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm
Mohsin Hamid is reasonable, intelligent...in short, just the sort of commentator the world could do with right now * Independent *
Smart doesn't begin to describe Hamid; he is the sort of thinker that could change hearts and minds * Booklist *
In contrast with the debased language of extremism, militarism and nationalism, his is a humane and rational voice demanding a better future * Sunday Times *
Lucid, informative and drily funny, these essays show that Hamid is one of the most perceptive commentators on contemporary global politics * Sunday Telegraph *
One of the most talented writers of his generation * Daily Telegraph *
Mohsin Hamid is a master critic of the modern global condition, using humanization, wit, parody and other devices to examine how the fast pace of social and economic change has affected the individual * Foreign Policy *
Elegantly crafted . . . will delight devotees of his work, and intrigue newcomers. Hamid makes a compelling case for pushing back against the mono-identities of religion, nationality and race and for embracing the things that all human beings share. * Prospect *
The new voice of a changing continent. A writer at the top of his game * Metro *
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