Discontent and Its Civilizations:

by Mohsin Hamid



Dispatches from Lahore, New York, and London

Mohsin Hamid’s brilliant, moving, and extraordinarily clever novels have not only made him an international bestseller, they have earned him a reputation as a “master critic of the modern global condition” (Foreign Policy). His stories are at once timeless and of-the-moment, and his themes are universal: love, language, ambition, power, corruption, religion, family, identity. Here he explores this terrain from a different angle in essays that deftly counterpoise the personal and the political, and are shot through with the same passion, imagination, and breathtaking shifts of perspective that gives his fiction its unmistakable electric charge. (Penguin Group, Feb 24 2015, HC, 240 pp)

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About the Author


Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid’s first novel,  Moth Smoke, won the Betty Trask Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Prize. His second, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, a bestseller in the United States and abroad, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. His third novel, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia won the Tiziano Terzani International Literary Prize. His latest is a book of essays, Discontent and It’s Civilizations. Hamid contributes to Time, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, among others.

His writing has been featured on bestseller lists, adapted for the cinema, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, selected as winner or finalist of twenty awards, and translated into thirty-five languages.

Born in Lahore, he has spent about half his life there and much of the rest in London, New York, and California.

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