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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist is Mohsin Hamids thrillingly provocative international bestseller. It is shortlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2007. Now a major film directed by Mira Nair and starring Kate Hudson and Kiefer Sutherland. Excuse me, sir, but may I be of assistance? Ah, I see I have alarmed you. Do not be frightened by my beard. I am a lover of America... So speaks the mysterious stranger at a Lahore cafe as dusk settles. Invited to join him for tea, you learn his name and what led this speaker of immaculate English to seek you out. For he is more worldy than you might expect; better travelled and better educated. He knows the West better than you do. And as he tells you his story, of how he embraced the Western dream - and a Western woman - and how both betrayed him, so the night darkens. Then the true reason for your meeting becomes abundantly clear... Challenging, mysterious and thrillingly tense, Mohsin Hamids masterly The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a vital read teeming with questions and ideas about some of the most pressing issues of todays globalised, fractured world. Masterful... A multi-layered and thoroughly gripping book, which works as a poignant love story, a powerful dissection of how US imperialist machinations have turned so many people against the worlds superpower - and as a thriller that subtly ratchets up the nerve-jangling tension towards an explosive ending. (Metro). Beautifully written... more exciting than any thriller Ive read for a long time. (Philip Pullman). A brilliant book. (Kiran Desai). Admirably spare and amazingly exciting. (Rachel Cooke, New Statesman). Mohsin Hamid is the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Moth Smoke and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. His 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.

Издательство: "Penguin Books Ltd." (2007)

Формат: 110x180мм, 224 стр.

ISBN: 978-0-241-96418-7

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Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid
Born 1971
Lahore, Pakistan
Occupation Novelist
Nationality  Pakistan, UK
Period 2000–present

Mohsin Hamid (born 1971) is a Pakistani author best known for his novels Moth Smoke (2000) and The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007).



Hamid spent part of his childhood in the United States, where he stayed from the age of 3 to 9 while his father, a university professor, was enrolled in a PhD program at Stanford University. He then moved with his family back to Lahore, Pakistan and attended the Lahore American School.[1]

At the age of 18, Hamid returned to the United States to continue his education. He graduated from Princeton University summa cum laude in 1993, having studied under such writers as Joyce Carol Oates and Toni Morrison. Hamid wrote the first draft of his first novel for a fiction workshop taught by Morrison. He returned to Pakistan after college to continue working on it.[2]

Hamid then attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 1997.[3] Finding corporate law boring, he repaid his student loans by working for several years as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in New York City. He was allowed to take three months off each year to write, and he used this time to complete his first novel Moth Smoke.[4]

He moved to London in the summer of 2001, initially intending to stay only one year. Although he frequently returned to Pakistan to write, he continued to live in London for eight years, becoming a dual citizen of the United Kingdom in 2006.[5] He moved to Lahore in 2009 with his wife Zahra and their daughter Dina. He now divides his time between Pakistan and abroad, living between Lahore, New York, London, and Mediterranean countries such as Italy and Greece. Hamid has described himself as a "mongrel"[6] and has said of his own writing that "a novel can often be a divided man’s conversation with himself."[7]


Hamid's first novel, Moth Smoke, told the story of a marijuana-smoking ex-banker in post-nuclear-test Lahore who falls in love with his best friend's wife and becomes a heroin addict. It was published in 2000, and quickly became a cult hit in Pakistan and India. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award given to the best first novel in the US, and was adapted for television in Pakistan and as an operetta in Italy.[8]

Moth Smoke had an innovative structure, using multiple voices, second person trial scenes, and essays on such topics as the role of air-conditioning in the lives of its main characters. Pioneering a hip, contemporary approach to South Asian fiction, it was considered by some critics to be "the most interesting novel that came out of [its] generation of subcontinent writing."[9] In the New York Review of Books, Anita Desai noted:

One could not really continue to write, or read about, the slow seasonal changes, the rural backwaters, gossipy courtyards, and traditional families in a world taken over by gun-running, drug-trafficking, large-scale industrialism, commercial entrepreneurship, tourism, new money, nightclubs, boutiques... Where was the Huxley, the Orwell, the Scott Fitzgerald, or even the Tom Wolfe, Jay McInerney, or Brett Easton Ellis to record this new world? Mohsin Hamid's novel Moth Smoke, set in Lahore, is one of the first pictures we have of that world.[10]

His second novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, told the story of a Pakistani man who decides to leave his high-flying life in America after a failed love affair and the terrorist attacks of 9/11. It was published in 2007 and became an international best seller, reaching No.4 on the New York Times Best Seller list.[11] The novel was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, won several awards including the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and the Asian American Literary Award, and was translated into over 25 languages. The Guardian selected it as one of the books that defined the decade.[12]

Like Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist was formally experimentative. The novel used the unusual device of a dramatic monologue in which the Pakistani protagonist continually addresses an American listener who is never heard from directly. (Hamid has said The Fall by Albert Camus served as his model.[13][14]) According to one commentator, because of this technique:

maybe we the readers are the ones who jump to conclusions; maybe the book is intended as a Rorschach to reflect back our unconscious assumptions. In our not knowing lies the novel's suspense... Hamid literally leaves us at the end in a kind of alley, the story suddenly suspended; it's even possible that some act of violence might occur. But more likely, we are left holding the bag of conflicting worldviews. We're left to ponder the symbolism of Changez having been caught up in the game of symbolism—a game we ourselves have been known to play.[15]

In an interview in May 2007, Hamid said of the brevity of The Reluctant Fundamentalist: "I’d rather people read my book twice than only half-way through."[16]

Hamid has also written on politics, art, literature, travel, and other topics. His journalism, essays, and stories have appeared in TIME, The Guardian, Dawn,[17] The New York Times, The Washington Post,[18] The International Herald Tribune,[19] the Paris Review, and other publications.



  • 2000 New York Times Notable Book of the Year: Moth Smoke
  • 2001 Betty Trask Award: Moth Smoke
  • 2001 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award (shortlist): Moth Smoke
  • 2007 Man Booker Prize for Fiction (shortlist): The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  • 2007 New York Times Notable Book of the Year: The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  • 2008 Ambassador Book Award of the English Speaking Union: The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  • 2008 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award: The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  • 2008 Arts Council England Decibel Award (shortlist): The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  • 2008 Asian American Literary Award: The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  • 2008 Australia-Asia Literary Award (shortlist): The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  • 2008 Commonwealth Writers Prize (Eurasia Region, Best Book) (shortlist): The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  • 2008 Index on Censorship T R Fyvel Award (shortlist): The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  • 2008 James Tait Black Memorial Prize (for fiction) (shortlist): The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  • 2008 South Bank Show Annual Award for Literature: The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  • 2009 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (shortlist): The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  • 2009 Premio Speciale Dal Testo Allo Schermo: The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Source: British Council website[20]


  1. ^ "Mohsin Hamid: A Muslim novelist's eye on U.S. and Europe" International Herald Tribune 12 October 2007
  2. ^ "Why I Write: Mohsin Hamid" The Guardian 6 June 2008
  3. ^ "A Novel Idea" Harvard Law Bulletin Summer 2000
  4. ^ "Akhil and Mohsin Get Paid" The New York Observer 22 April 2001
  5. ^ "Mohsin Hamid on citizenship" The Independent 25 February 2007
  6. ^ "The Pathos of Exile" TIME 18 August 2003
  7. ^ "My Reluctant Fundamentalist" Powells Original Essays
  8. ^ Anisfield-Wolf Award citation
  9. ^ Basu, Shrabani (7 October 2007). "The Crescent and the Pen," The Telegraph (Calcutta)
  10. ^ Desai, Anita (21 December 2000). "Passion in Lahore" New York Review of Books
  11. ^ Best Sellers, Hardcover Fiction, The New York Times, 29 April 2007.
  12. ^ Guardian Books of the Noughties
  13. ^ Freeman, John (30 March 2007). "Critical Outakes: Mohsin Hamid on Camus, Immigration, and Love", Critical Mass.
  14. ^ Solomon, Deborah (15 April 2007). "The Stranger: Questions for Mohsin Hamid" The New York Times
  15. ^ Kerr, Sarah (11 October 2007). "In the Terror House of Mirrors". New York Review of Books.
  16. ^ "10 Questions". Outlook India. 
  17. ^ "Paying for Pakistan" Dawn 7 May 2007
  18. ^ "Why do they hate us?" Washington Post 22 July 2007
  19. ^ "Flailing, But Not Yet Failing" The International Herald Tribune 18 March 2009
  20. ^ entry on Mohsin Hamid


  • article (in Italian). Accessed 4 March 2007
  • Houpt, S.: "Novelist by Night", The Globe and Mail, 1 April 2000
  • Patel, V.: "A Call to Arms for Pakistan", Newsweek, 24 July 2000

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