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Review: Discontent and its Civilisations by Mohsin Hamid

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Readers of Moshin Hamid’s fiction will be familiar with the sense of discontent that pervades his narratives. That restlessness is present in this essay collection, as Hamid jumps from subject to subject and from place to place, from London to Lahore and New York. Just as Sigmund Freud wrote Civilisation and its Discontents, to which Hamid’s title alludes, in the shadow of the First World War, so most of the essays in this book were…

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