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About the Author - Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid is a Pakistani writer born in Lahore; he spent much of his childhood and early adulthood in the United States, graduating from Princeton University in 1993 and Harvard Law School in 1997.  He now divides his time between Lahore and several locations abroad.

Hamid is the author of four internationally bestselling novels—Moth Smoke (2000), The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007), How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia (2013), and Exit West (2017).  He has also produced a book of essays entitled Discontent and Its Civilizations: Dispatches from Lahore, New York, and London (2014).

Two of Hamid’s works (The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Exit West) have been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and he is the recipient of various other honors and awards.  In Spring 2018 Exit West won the inaugural Aspen Words Literary Prize, bestowed on “an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture.”    

Hamid’s writings have been translated into over thirty-five languages.

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