In a city swollen by refugees and bubbling with civil unrest, two young people fall in love. Their homeland is on the brink of war. One day soon they must leave it behind- striking out into the unknown, searching for some corner of the world that might be safe.
Exit West is an extraordinary, sweeping journey, reaching far across the globe and deep into the human heart. In a world of upheaval and fear, how can we hold onto our humanity? In a world of closed borders, what happens when a door is opened? Mohsin Hamid's novel blazes triumphantly in the darkness, singing from the eye of the storm.
Mohsin Hamid writes regularly for The New York Times, the Guardian and the New York Review of Books, and is the author of Exit West, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Moth Smoke, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia and Discontent and its Civilisations. Born and mostly raised in Lahore, he has since lived between Lahore, London and New York.
The voice of a changing continent. A writer at the top of his game Metro A man born to write -- Dave Eggers 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 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 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 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 Immediately canonical New Yorker Astonishing -- Zadie Smith 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 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 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 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 Powerful, vivid, poignant... Hamid is the master Sunday Times 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 No conventional love story. [An] exceptionally moving and powerful novel 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 [A] devastating portrait of victims of war, creating a singular parable about modernity, migration and the individual's place in the world The Guardian As with the very best literature, its crystalline readability fast eclipses its topicality Mail on Sunday
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