Exit West (Paperback)Mohsin Hamid (author)
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Nadia and Saeed are two ordinary young people, attempting to do an extraordinary thing - to fall in love - in a world turned upside down. Theirs will be a love story but also a story about how we live now and how we might live tomorrow, of a world in crisis and two human beings travelling through it.
Civil war has come to the city which Nadia and Saeed call home. Before long they will need to leave their motherland behind - when the streets are no longer useable and the unknown is safer than the known. They will join the great outpouring of people fleeing a collapsing city, hoping against hope, looking for their place in the world...
An extraordinary story of desire and hope, travelling from the Middle East to London and beyond, this is a love story that considers what makes ordinary people flee their homes and how the world might change if borders were broken down. A ground-breaking and stunningly inventive novel from the bestselling, Man Booker-shortlisted author of the Waterstones bestseller, The Reluctant Fundamentalist.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 170 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 15 mm
'Writing in spare, crystalline prose, Hamid conveys the experience of living in a city under siege with sharp, stabbing immediacy. - Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
'Immediately canonical' - New Yorker
'As with the very best literature, its crystalline readability fast eclipses its topicality.' - Mail on Sunday
'Impressive... Exit West confirms Hamid's reputation as a brilliant ventriloquist who is deeply engaged with the most pressing issues of our time.' - Andrew Motion, Guardian
'Powerful... Hamid unfolds the disintegration of civic life and the couple's poignant intimacy with vivid, economical strokes. Hamid is the master of the illuminating metaphor.' - Sunday Times
'Wry [and] intelligent... Part pared-down romance, part 21st-century fable for a world of porous borders, Exit West is a thought experiment that pivots on the crucial figure of this century: the migrant.' - Financial Times
'A subtle and moving examination of how human relationships endure and falter under unimaginable pressures. Exit West is an instant classic.' - GQ
'Breathlessly relevant... Hamid's book could hardly be more timely; it's addictively readable and brilliantly written to boot.' - Mail on Sunday
'Astonishing.' - Zadie Smith
'A love story as spare, haunting and spiritually powerful as a haiku. All my life I will remember Nadia and Saeed, their humanity against a surreal, broken landscape. Exit West is Hamid's finest book.' - Kiran Desai
'Exit West is a masterpiece. It stretches the boundaries of the real just enough to make a point about the state of immigrants and refugees in the contemporary world. But it's very much grounded in reality. It's a beautiful book.' - Michael Chabon
'Mohsin Hamid is one of the most talented and formally audacious writers of his generation.' - Daily Telegraph
'A man born to write.' - Dave Eggers
'The voice of a changing continent. A writer at the top of his game.' - Metro
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