Jan. 1 – Mohsin Hamid – Exit West [Christmas Calendar]

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A Novel


Mohsin Hamid

Hardback: Riverhead Books, 2017
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“We are all migrants, all of us. We move through space and time,” said Mohsin Hamid in an interview published in The New Yorker last November when the contentious and infamous election was rushing towards its end. An election in which the topic of refugees and migrants, and whether the US should open its borders, was talked about at length from both sides of the argument. Exit West, Mohsin Hamid’s latest novel has no interest in talking about refugees from a political standpoint, and that itself is one of the novel’s strengths. It attempts to remove political posturing we have attached to the term “refugee” and instead gives us a purely human narrative of Saeed and Nadia, two young lovers who see their country quickly turning to war and desperately try to find a way out. Through Saeed and Nadia, we are given a story of two migrants fleeing the only country they’ve ever known, and the result is a tragic look at what drives one to leave their home country.

  • from our review by Josh Thomas
    in our Eastertide 2017 magazine issue
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