Mohsin Hamid: Exit West (2542 words)

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid is the Pakistan-born author’s fourth novel and was published in 2017. In the same year it was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Kirkus Prize, Medici Book Club Prize, Neustadt Prize, and the St. Francis College Literary Prize and more recently the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award; it was also selected by the New York Times as one of the best books of the year.

Hamid’s prescient novel merges elements of fantasy with realism, to examine the question of borders and boundaries and one of the burning issues of today’s world: the mass migration of people to the industrialized west from countries derailed by endemic strife. At the same time, the text comments on the …

Shamsie, Muneeza. "Exit West". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 January 2018
[, accessed 20 March 2018.]

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