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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

By Mohsin Hamid

Harvest Books, Paperback, 9780156034029, 191pp.

Publication Date: April 14, 2008


Now a major motion picture
Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize
"New York Times" bestseller

Extreme times call for extreme reactions, extreme writing. Hamid has done something extraordinary with this novel. "Washington Post"
One of those achingly assured novels that makes you happy to be a reader. Junot Diaz
At a cafe table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with an uneasy American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful encounter . . .
Changez is living an immigrant's dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up by an elite valuation firm. He thrives on the energy of New York, and his budding romance with elegant, beautiful Erica promises entry into Manhattan society at the same exalted level once occupied by his own family back in Lahore.
But in the wake of September 11, Changez finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned, and his relationship with Erica shifting. And Changez's own identity is in seismic shift as well, unearthing allegiances more fundamental than money, power, and maybe even love.
Brief, charming, and quietly furious . . . a resounding success. "Village Voice "
A "Washington Post "and "San Francisco Chronicle" Best Book of the Year
A "New York Times" Notable Book

About the Author
MOHSIN HAMID grew up in Lahore, Pakistan, and attended Princeton and Harvard. His first novel, Moth Smoke, was a Betty Trask Award winner, PEN/ Hemingway Award finalist, and New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His writing has also appeared in "Time, The New York Times, "and other publications. He lives in London."

Praise For The Reluctant Fundamentalist


Elegant and chilling . . . his tale [has] an Arabian Nightsstyle urgency: the end of the story may mean the death of the teller.”The New York Times Book Review

Slender, smart, and subversive.”Entertainment Weekly

Changez’s voice is extraordinary. Cultivated, restrained, yet also barbed and passionate, it evokes the power of butler Stevens in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day.”The Seattle Times 

A searing and powerful account of a Pakistani in New York after 9/11.”Mira Nair, director of The Namesake

Friday, May 14, 2010

When it was announced that the accused Times Square bomber was a Pakistani-American, Mohsin Hamid, the author of the 2007 novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist, noticed several parallels between the life of his main character and Faisal Shahzad, the accused bomber. More at

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