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Books in brief: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

"Hamid’s novel is a lyrical and timely tale, its aphoristic prose almost biblical in its repetitive cadences"

By Rafia Zakaria   April 2017

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…

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