• Lahore, Pakistan, 1998. Un été étouffant, une chaleur poisseuse. Vivre sans climatisation relève de l'exclusion sociale. C'est le sort de Daru, privé de ressources (et d'électricité), puisque renvoyé par la banque où il exerçait entre deux joints. Car Daru est accro : accro au hasch, accro à l'héroïne et accro à l'épouse de son riche ami Ozi, l'énigmatique Mumtaz, révoltée, libre et prisonnière à la fois. Daru, cynique, lucide, mais tel un phalène hypnotisé par la flamme, sera entraîné dans une brûlante et cruelle danse d'amour.L'un des plus flamboyants représentants de la nouvelle génération d'auteurs du sous-continent indien. Léonard Billot, Les Inrockuptibles.Traduit de l'anglais par Bernard Turle.

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  • Lecteur, lectrice : tu viens d'acquérir le nouveau roman de Mohsin Hamid. Grand bien t'en a pris. Car celui-ci va te permettre de découvrir comment t'en mettre plein les poches en Asie mutante. Le héros est né dans la plus insigne pauvreté au coeur de la campagne d'un pays anonyme du continent indien ; il va monter à la ville, parfaire son éducation, rencontrer l'amour, flirter avec la tentation politique, puis faire fortune par le plus inattendu des moyens. Voici quatre-vingts années d'une vie d'homme - « un homme fait de tous les hommes et qui les vaut tous et que vaut n'importe qui » - à l'heure de la mondialisation galopante. Et si cette fable contemporaine te fait verser quelques larmes, ne t'en fais pas, car celles-ci jailliront du plaisir et de l'émotion que tu t'apprêtes à éprouver à sa lecture. Un petit bijou d'humour et d'humanité. À la fois émouvant, désespérant et lumineux. Frédéric Beigbeder, Le Figaro magazine.

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  • Quelque part au Moyen-Orient. Les militants prennent petit à petit le pouvoir dans la ville où vivent Saïd et Nadia, réduisant la liberté des jeunes amoureux à néant. Saïd et Nadia décident de partir et d'emprunter une de ces portes magiques qui ouvrent le chemin vers l'Occident. Ils arrivent ainsi à Mykonos où ils tentent de survivre loin de la foule des autres immigrants qui ont envahi l'île, puis ils empruntent une autre porte et se retrouvent à Londres. Ils ne sont pas en sécurité pour autant, car la métropole britannique est submergée de réfugiés, tous s'organisant en des communautés concurrentes. Quand la réaction de ceux qui voudraient mettre fin à toute immigration dans le pays se fait plus musclée, la guerre civile menace, et Saïd et Nadia constatent que cette vie commence à affecter leur relation. Ils repartent encore, cette fois en Californie. Mais leur amour encore fragile, tout juste né quand ils ont pris la décision de prendre la route de l'exil, n'aura peut-être pas résisté à cette épreuve...
    Dans une langue à la fois sobre et précise, Mohsin Hamid explore la réalité de l'immigration par la fiction et, notamment, par des motifs empruntés au conte et au réalisme magique. Son roman condense de manière saisissante les convulsions que nos sociétés, entre modernité et fondamentalisme religieux, traversent actuellement et donne à entendre la voix de ceux qui paient le prix fort sur les chemins de l'exil.

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  • Lahore, Pakistan, de nos jours. Un homme est assis à la terrasse d'un café. Le jeune Tchenguiz l'aborde, croyant reconnaître en lui un Américain. D'emblée il lui dit son amour inconditionnel des États-Unis, s'assied à côté de lui, puis se lance dans un long récit... Il raconte comment il a accompli son rêve d'enfance en partant faire ses études aux États-Unis. Brillant diplômé de Princeton, engagé sans embûche par une prestigieuse entreprise, il a aussi rencontré l'amour : Erica, blonde aux yeux bleus. Bref, une success story à l'américaine, et un modèle d'intégration. Mais un jour, le 11 septembre 2001, tout a basculé. Ce fut le début d'une longue fuite en avant... Dans ce monologue tout en fausse candeur, Moshin Hamid pose des questions humaines, sociales et politiques fondamentales sur notre monde actuel, sur les relations entre les peuples et les individus, et sur le sens toujours trouble de nos identités et de nos ambitions.

  • 'Excuse me, sir, but may I be of assistance? Ah, I see I have alarmed you. Do not be frightened by my beard. I am a lover of America...' So speaks the mysterious stranger at a Lahore cafe as dusk settles. Invited to join him for tea, you learn his name and what led this speaker of immaculate English to seek you out.

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  • EXIT WEST - A NOVEL

    Mohsin Hamid

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  • Le monde est sa patrie. Il est né au Pakistan, il a vécu en Italie, en Angleterre, aux États-Unis. Jeune romancier surdoué (L'intégriste malgré lui, Comment s'en mettre plein les poches en Asie mutante), Mohsin Hamid est aussi un infatigable voyageur, riche d'une culture cosmopolite devenue rare de nos jours. Passant avec une aisance déconcertante et un enthousiasme contagieux de la chronique intime à la réflexion sur la mondialisation, de la littérature à la politique, du cinéma au questionnement religieux, les 36 essais rassemblés dans ce recueil dressent un tableau saisissant de notre monde, et un autoportrait intellectuel non moins original. Qu'il nous livre ses réflexions sur la paternité ou sur les rapports entre l'Islam et l'Occident, qu'il nous raconte la projection d'un film hollywoodien à Lahore ou qu'il rende hommage aux écrivains qui l'inspirent, de Toni Morrison à Murakami en passant par Camus ou Tabucchi, jamais Mohsin Hamid ne se départ de son humour et de sa lucidité. Réjouissante déclaration de guerre à tous les dogmatismes, cet essai pluriel est la profession de foi d'un véritable honnête homme de notre temps.

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  • Discontent and its Civilizations collects the best of Mohsin Hamid's writing on subjects as diverse and wide-ranging as Pakistan; fatherhood; the death of Osama Bin Laden and the writing of The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Unified by the author's humane, clear-headed and witty voice, the book makes a compelling case for recognizing our common humanity while relishing our diversity - both as readers and citizens; for resisting the artificial mono-identities of religion or nationality or race; and for always judging a country or nation by how it treats its minorities, as 'Each individual human being is, after all, a minority of one'.

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  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist is Mohsin Hamid's thrillingly provocative international bestseller Shortlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2007 Now a major film directed by Mira Nair and starring Kate Hudson and Kiefer Sutherland 'Excuse me, sir, but may I be of assistance? Ah, I see I have alarmed you. Do not be frightened by my beard. I am a lover of America . . . ' So speaks the mysterious stranger at a Lahore cafe as dusk settles. Invited to join him for tea, you learn his name and what led this speaker of immaculate English to seek you out. For he is more worldy than you might expect; better travelled and better educated. He knows the West better than you do. And as he tells you his story, of how he embraced the Western dream -- and a Western woman -- and how both betrayed him, so the night darkens. Then the true reason for your meeting becomes abundantly clear . . .

    Challenging, mysterious and thrillingly tense, Mohsin Hamid's masterly The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a vital read teeming with questions and ideas about some of the most pressing issues of today's globalised, fractured world.


    'Masterful . . . A multi-layered and thoroughly gripping book, which works as a poignant love story, a powerful dissection of how US imperialist machinations have turned so many people against the world's superpower - and as a thriller that subtly ratchets up the nerve-jangling tension towards an explosive ending' Metro 'Beautifully written . . . more exciting than any thriller I've read for a long time' Philip Pullman 'A brilliant book' Kiran Desai 'Admirably spare and amazingly exciting' Rachel Cooke, New Statesman Mohsin Hamid is the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Moth Smoke and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. His fiction has been translated into over 30 languages, received numerous awards, and been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He has contributed essays and short stories to publications such as the Guardian, The New York Times, Financial Times, Granta, and Paris Review. Born and mostly raised in Lahore, he spent part of his childhood in California, studied at Princeton University and Harvard Law School, and has since lived between Lahore, London, and New York.

  • How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia is Mohsin Hamid's spectacular, thought-provoking novel of modern Asia In this keenly-awaited follow-up to his bestselling The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid confirms his place as a radically inventive story-teller with his finger on the world's pulse.

    The astonishing and riveting tale of a man's journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon, it steals its shape from the business self-help books devoured by youths all over 'rising Asia'. It follows its nameless hero to the sprawling metropolis where he begins to amass an empire built on the most fluid and increasingly scarce of goods: water. Yet his heart remains set on something else, on the pretty girl whose star rises alongside his, their paths crossing and re-crossing in a love affair sparked and snuffed out again by the forces that careen their fates along.

    The hero of the story could be any one of us, hungry for a different life. And ours too could be the fate that awaits him . . .

    Fast-paced, vivid and emotionally absorbing, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia creates two unforgettable characters who find moments of transcendent intimacy in the midst of shattering change.

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    'Even more intriguing, compelling and moving than The Reluctant Fundamentalist. A marvellous book' Philip Pullman 'This brilliantly structured, deeply felt book is written with the confidence and bravura of a man born to write. Hamid is at the peak of his considerable powers here, and delivers a tightly paced, preternaturally wise book about a thoroughly likable, thoroughly troubled striver in the messiest, most chaotic ring of global economy. Completely unforgettable' Dave Eggers 'Mohsin Hamid is one of the best writers in the world, period. Only a master could have written this propulsive tale of a striver living on the knife's edge, a noir Horatio Alger story for our frenetic, violent times' Ben Fountain 'Written in the most compelling second person since Jay McInerney's Bright Lights, Big City, with which it also shares a sharp take on our frenetic, urban lives, Hamid's novel proves that the most compelling fiction today is coming from South Asia' Daily Beast Mohsin Hamid is the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Moth Smoke. His fiction has been adapted for the cinema, translated into over 30 languages, received numerous awards, and been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He has contributed essays and short stories to publications such as the Guardian, The New York Times, Financial Times, Granta, and the New Yorker. Born and mostly raised in Lahore, he spent part of his childhood in California, studied at Princeton University and Harvard Law School, and has since lived between Lahore, London and New York.

  • Discontent and its Civilizations is the essential first collection of non fiction from Mohsin Hamid.

    Discontent and its Civilizations collects the best of Mohsin Hamid's writing on subjects as diverse and wide-ranging as Pakistan; fatherhood; the death of Osama Bin Laden and the writing of The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

    Unified by the author's humane, clear-headed and witty voice, the book makes a compelling case for recognizing our common humanity while relishing our diversity - both as readers and citizens; for resisting the artificial mono-identities of religion or nationality or race; and for always judging a country or nation by how it treats its minorities, as 'Each individual human being is, after all, a minority of one'.

    Mohsin Hamid writes regularly for The New York Times, the Guardian and the New York Review of Books, and is the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Moth Smoke and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. Born and mostly raised in Lahore, he has since lived between Lahore, London and New York.

    'Mohsin Hamid is a master critic of the modern global condition, using humanization, wit, parody and other devices to examine how the fast pace of social and economic change has affected the individual' Foreign Policy 'The new voice of a generation. A writer at the top of his game' Metro 'One of the most talented writers of his generation' Daily Telegraph Mohsin Hamid writes regularly for The New York Times, the Guardian and the New York Review of Books, and is the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Moth Smoke and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. Born and mostly raised in Lahore, he has since lived between Lahore, London and New York.

  • Based on the bestselling novel by Mohsin Hamid Internationally acclaimed director Mira Nair offers the reader an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into the creation of her most ambitious film yet: The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Covering every aspect of the film-making process, this magnificently designed film book comprises an incredible array of images as well as short essays by those involved in the film-making process. Mira Nair discusses how the novel was turned into a screenplay; Mohsin Hamid reminisces about his first experience on a film set; production designer Michael Carlin recounts the thrill of transforming Old Delhi into contemporary Lahore; lead actor Riz Ahmed reveals how he got under the skin of his character Changez; and editor Shimit Amin demystifies some of his tricks on the editing table. This book also features a series of gorgeous black-and-white photographs by celebrated photographer Brigitte Lacombe.

  • From "one of his generation's most inventive and gifted writers" (The New York Times), intimate and sharply observed commentary on life, art, politics, and "the war on terror." Mohsin Hamid's brilliant, moving, and extraordinarily clever novels have not only made him an international bestseller, they have earned him a reputation as a "master critic of the modern global condition" (Foreign Policy). His stories are at once timeless and of-the-moment, and his themes are universal: love, language, ambition, power, corruption, religion, family, identity. Here he explores this terrain from a different angle in essays that deftly counterpoise the personal and the political, and are shot through with the same passion, imagination, and breathtaking shifts of perspective that gives his fiction its unmistakable electric charge.
    A "water lily" who has called three countries on three continents his home--Pakistan, the birthplace to which he returned as a young father; the United States, where he spent his childhood and young adulthood; and Britain, where he married and became a citizen--Hamid writes about overlapping worlds with fluidity and penetrating insight. Whether he is discussing courtship rituals or pop culture, drones or the rhythms of daily life in an extended family compound, he transports us beyond the scarifying headlines of an anxious West and a volatile East, beyond stereotype and assumption, and helps to bring a dazzling diverse global culture within emotional and intellectual reach.

  • From the internationally bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, an astonishingly timely love story that brilliantly imagines the forces that transform ordinary people into refugees -- and the impossible choices that follow -- as they’re driven from their homes to the uncertain embrace of new lands. Named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by Time Magazine, the New York Times, Washington Post, The Boston Globe and The Huffington Post In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet--sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors--doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. . . . Exit West follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.

  • Moth Smoke is the first novel by Mohsin Hamid, author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist'You know you're in trouble when you can't meet a woman's eye, particularly if the woman happens to be your best friend's wife.'In Lahore, Daru Shezad is a junior banker with a hashish habit. When his old friend Ozi moves back to Pakistan, Daru wants to be happy for him. Ozi has everything: a beautiful wife and child, an expensive foreign education - and a corrupt father who bankrolls his lavish lifestyle.As jealousy sets in, Daru's life slowly unravels. He loses his job. Starts lacing his joints with heroin. Becomes involved with a criminally-minded rickshaw driver. And falls in love with Ozi's lonely wife.But how low can Daru sink? Is he guilty of the crime he finds himself on trial for?'A vivid portrait of contemporary young Pakistani life, where frustration and insecurity feed not only the snobbery, decadence and aspirations of the rich, but also the resentment of the poor'The Times'Fast-paced, intelligent . . . pulls us, despite ourselves, into its spiralling wake'New Yorker'A subtly audacious . . .prodigious descendant of hard-boiled lit and film noir. A steamy and often darkly amusing book about sex, drugs, and class warfare in postcolonial Asia' Village Voice'Stunning, a hip page-turner' Los Angeles Times'Sharply observed, powerful, evocative' Financial Times'A novel of remarkable wit, poise, profundity, and strangeness. A treat'EsquireMohsin Hamid is the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Moth Smoke and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. His fiction has been translated into over 30 languages, received numerous awards, and been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He has contributed essays and short stories to publications such as the Guardian, The New York Times, Financial Times, Granta, and Paris Review. Born and mostly raised in Lahore, he spent part of his childhood in California, studied at Princeton University and Harvard Law School, and has since lived between Lahore, London, and New York.

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  • Moth smoke

    Mohsin Hamid

    In Lahore, Daru Shezad is a junior banker with a hashish habit. When his old friend Ozi moves back to Pakistan, Daru wants to be happy for him. Ozi has everything: a beautiful wife and child, an expensive foreign education - and a corrupt father who bankrolls his lavish lifestyle.


    As jealousy sets in, Daru's life slowly unravels. He loses his job. Starts lacing his joints with heroin. Becomes involved with a criminally-minded rickshaw driver. And falls in love with Ozi's lonely wife.


    But how low can Daru sink? Is he guilty of the crime he finds himself on trial for?

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