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  • Published: 29 January 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241979068
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $19.99

Exit West

A BBC 2 Between the Covers Book Club Pick - Booker Prize Gems




An extraordinary story of love and hope from the bestselling, Man Booker-shortlisted author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

This is Nadia. She is fiercely independent with an excellent sense of humour and a love of smoking alone on her balcony late at night.

This is Saeed. He is sweet and shy and kind to strangers. He also has a balcony but he uses his for stargazing.

This is their story: a love story, but also a story about how we live now and how we might live tomorrow. Saeed and Nadia are falling in love, and their city is falling apart. Here is a world in crisis and two human beings travelling through it.

Exit West is a heartfelt and radical act of hope - a novel to restore your faith in humanity and in the power of imagination.

  • Published: 29 January 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241979068
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid grew up in Lahore, attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School and worked for several years as a management consultant in New York. His first novel, Moth Smoke, was published in ten languages, won a Betty Trask Award, and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. His essays and journalism have appeared in Time, the New York Times and the Guardian, among others. His latest novel is The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007) published by Penguin. Mohsin Hamid currently lives, works and writes in London.

http://www.mohsinhamid.com

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Praise for Exit West

Immediately canonical

New Yorker

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

As with the very best literature, its crystalline readability fast eclipses its topicality

Mail on Sunday

[A] devastating portrait of victims of war, creating a singular parable about modernity, migration and the individual's place in the world

The Guardian

A deceptively simple conceit turns a timely novel about a couple fleeing a civil war into a profound meditation on the psychology of exile. A novel that fuses the real with the surreal - perhaps the most faithful way to convey the tremulous political fault lines of our interconnected planet

The New York Times

No conventional love story. [An] exceptionally moving and powerful novel

The Guardian

Mohsin Hamid is one of the most talented and formally audacious writers of his generation

Telegraph

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

Exit West packs such an emotional wallop you will be thinking about it for days afterwards. For Hamid is not only telling a story, he is asking what sort of a world we want to live in.

Editor's Choice, the Bookseller

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

A man born to write

Dave Eggers

Astonishing

Zadie Smith

It's a terrific, beautifully constructed, important novel of our time. This is what we expect fiction to do: to examine our age but also to cast an eye on the past and - very brilliantly in this case - on the future too. I love it.

Mirza Waheed

Publisher's description. In an unnamed city swollen by refugees, two young people fall in love. One day soon they will have to leave their homeland, running for their lives, searching for their place in the world.

Penguin

The voice of a changing continent. A writer at the top of his game

Metro

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 (Book of the Week), Guardian

Powerful, vivid, poignant... Hamid is the master

Sunday Times

Part pared-down romance, part 21st-century fable, 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

Imaginative, inventive, graceful... Hamid exploits fiction's capacity to elicit empathy and imagine a better world

New York Times Book Review

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