Mohsin Hamid, The Last White Man

Saba Karim Khan (Independent Scholar - Asia)
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Mohsin Hamid’s fifth novel,

The Last White Man

(2022), invites us to imagine a world where coexistence is the currency. Hamid’s novels have always intrigued with their titles, and

The Last White Man

is no different. Among the many rewards the novel promises and delivers is that it stays true to its rather provocative title right to the end.

The politics and complexities of how we see and are seen are at the heart of The Last White Man. The performance of race, the desperation to maintain the status quo and cling to privilege, the ensuing disruption and necessary chaos, imbued with quiet confidence and a craving to do better, combine to create a narrative milieu in which social constructions of reality – often mistaken for unassailable truths – take centre stage. Ultimately,

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Citation: Khan, Saba Karim. "The Last White Man". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 May 2024 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=41602, accessed 30 May 2024.]

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