"Hamid’s novel is a lyrical and timely tale, its aphoristic prose almost biblical in its repetitive cadences"by Rafia Zakaria / March 16, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in April 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Hamish Hamilton, £14.99)
The casualties of our divided world are the subject of Man Booker-nominated Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid’s latest novel, Exit West. The book follows the paths of Saeed and Nadia, who fall in love against the backdrop of a nameless city which is “not yet openly at war.” Soon things change for the worse and Saeed’s mother is killed. He abandons his father and with Nadia escapes through a magical black door. The rest of the book follows them as they navigate lives as hapless refugees and squatters on the periphery of a Greek island, then London and California. The distance between them grows; in migrating they have “murdered” those they have left behind. By the end they also lose each other, their love ebbing away against the transformations brought about by migration.