Mohsin Hamid

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

The impact of Mohsin Hamid’s new novel, shortlisted for the Man Booker, depends on the fulcrum of…

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid

Back in my MFA days at a midwestern university whose faculty came a bit late to the whole postmodernism thing, I took a contemporary fiction course with a professor who liked to make the claim, during nearly every class, that all works of art were in some way about the making of art. While this grand proclamation opened up all kinds of slippery slopes about the fungibility of texts — and thus crimes against literature such allowing a PhD student to turn in a review of a book of television criticism in lieu of a review of an actual book of contemporary fiction — his hobby-horse from that semester has since provided me with an occasionally useful tool for looking at some books.