Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

by Mohsin Hamid was published in 2007 and is the Pakistan-born author's second novel; it won the 2008 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the 2008 South Bank Show Literature Award, The Arts Council of England Decibel Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Eurasia region), the Index on Censorship TR Fyvel Award, the James Tait Memorial Prize and the Australia-Asia Literary Award; it was also on the shortlists for the 2007 Booker prize.

The novel looks at the relationship between Pakistan and the United States, particularly in the wake of the 9/11 terrorists attack on New York, but, in a text full of innuendoes and ambiguities, it challenges narratives of Otherness, discusses the inequality of nations and draws parallels between cut-throat capitalism, war and terrorism,

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Citation: Shamsie, Muneeza. "The Reluctant Fundamentalist". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 May 2009 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=23135, accessed 18 July 2024.]

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