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From the bestselling, Man Booker shortlisted author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, an astonishing new novel.

Discover the unforgettable novel picked among 2017's most anticipated books by the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Buzzfeed, New York Times and many more...
An extraordinary story of love and hope, travelling from the Middle East to London and beyond, from the bestselling, Man Booker-shortlisted author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist
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 . . .

Reviews

Beautifully written, a subtle and elegant analysis of the state of our world today. Such intelligent prose, such clarity of thought and exposition . . . I was enormously impressed

Philip Pullman on, The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Extraordinary. . . Not often does one find a first novel that has the power of imagination and skill to orchestrate personal and public themes of these consequences and achieve a chord that reverberates in one's mind. Of the best novels I have read this year

Nadine Gordimer on, Moth Smoke

Mohsin Hamid is one of the most talented and formally audacious writers of his generation. When you reach the end, you want to go straight back to the beginning. And yes - that does mean you

Telegraph on, How to get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

Lucid, informative and drily funny . . . Hamid is one of our most perceptive commentators on contemporary global politics

Sunday Times on, Discontent and its Civilisations

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback

    9780241290088

    February 27, 2017

    Hamish Hamilton (UK)

    240 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook

    9780241979075

    February 27, 2017

    Penguin General UK (UK Adult)

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Extract

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. For many days. His name was Saeed and her name was Nadia and he had a beard, not a full beard, more a studiously maintained stubble, and she was always clad from the tips of her toes to the bottom of her jugular notch in a flowing black robe. Back then people continued to enjoy the luxury of wearing more or less what they wanted to wear, clothing and hair wise, within certain bounds of course, and so these choices meant something.

It might seem odd that in cities teetering at the edge of the abyss young people still go to class – in this case an evening class on corporate identity and product branding – but that is the way of things, with cities as with life, for one moment we are pottering about our errands as usual and the next we are dying, and our eternally impending ending does not put a stop to our transient beginnings and middles until the instant when it does.

Saeed noticed that Nadia had a beauty mark on her neck, a tawny oval that sometimes, rarely but not never, moved with her pulse.

 

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Discontent And Its Civilizations
How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia
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The Reluctant Fundamentalist
The Reluctant Fundalmentalist
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