Exit West

Exit West

. . . Exit West follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are.

Author: Mohsin Hamid

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780735212183

Category: Fiction

Page: 242

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FINALIST FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE & WINNER OF THE L.A. TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR FICTION and THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE “It was as if Hamid knew what was going to happen to America and the world, and gave us a road map to our future… At once terrifying and … oddly hopeful.” —Ayelet Waldman, The New York Times Book Review “Moving, audacious, and indelibly human.” —Entertainment Weekly, “A” rating The New York Times bestselling novel: an astonishingly visionary love story that imagines the forces that drive ordinary people from their homes into the uncertain embrace of new lands, from the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist and the forthcoming The Last White Man. In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. . . . Exit West follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.
Categories: Fiction

Exit West

Exit West

Traditonal Chinese version of Exit West, a novel about migration and mutation, full of wormholes and rips in reality, begins as it mostly doesn't go on.

Author: Mohsin Hamid

Publisher: Hamish Hamilton

ISBN: 0241979064

Category: Choice (Pyschology)

Page: 228

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In a city swollen by refugees and bubbling with civil unrest, two young people fall in love. Their homeland is on the brink of war. One day soon they must leave it behind- striking out into the unknown, searching for some corner of the world that might be safe. Exit West is an extraordinary, sweeping journey, reaching far across the globe and deep into the human heart. In a world of upheaval and fear, how can we hold onto our humanity? In a world of closed borders, what happens when a door is opened? Mohsin Hamid's novel blazes triumphantly in the darkness, singing from the eye of the storm.
Categories: Choice (Pyschology)

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid Book Analysis

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid  Book Analysis

NOVEL ABOUT TWO REFUGEES WHO ESCAPE A CIVIL WAR BY PASSING THROUGH A NETWORK OF PORTALS Genre: novel Reference edition: Hamid, M. (2018) Exit West. London: Penguin. 1st edition: 2017 Themes: war, displacement, national identity, ...

Author: Bright Summaries

Publisher: BrightSummaries.com

ISBN: 9782808019248

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 19

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Unlock the more straightforward side of Exit West with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, which imagines a world where doors can instantly transport people across the globe. The novel focuses on Saeed and Nadia, who are fleeing civil war in their native country and use the doors to travel to new countries, where the inhabitants’ responses range from violent nativist riots to official clampdowns to acceptance and integration. Mohsin Hamid is a Pakistani writer and brand consultant. He is known in particular for his novels The Reluctant Fundamentalist, which was shortlisted for the 2007 Man Booker Prize, and Exit West, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize and was named one of the New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2017. Find out everything you need to know about Exit West in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: •A complete plot summary •Character studies •Key themes and symbols •Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Trauma of Migration in the Novel Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

The Trauma of Migration in the Novel  Exit West  by Mohsin Hamid

Seminar paper from the year 2020 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,7, University of Cologne, language: English, abstract: This paper will examine how the trauma of refugees and essentially the ...

Author: Katharina Spreier

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783346590671

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 18

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Seminar paper from the year 2020 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,7, University of Cologne, language: English, abstract: This paper will examine how the trauma of refugees and essentially the trauma of migration is depicted in Mohsin Hamid’s 2017 novel “Exit West”. After laying the theoretical foundation of explaining the area of literary trauma theory, the role of migration in trauma studies as well as the notion of the Double Absence, the following analysis will examine the ways in which Hamid portrays the trauma of refugees in his novel and to what extent these ways line up with literary trauma theory.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid Book Analysis

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid  Book Analysis

The novel focuses on Saeed and Nadia, who are fleeing civil war in their native country and use the doors to travel to new countries, where the inhabitants’ responses range from violent nativist riots to official clampdowns to acceptance ...

Author: Bright Summaries

Publisher: Brightsummaries.com

ISBN: 2808019254

Category: Refugees in literature

Page: 46

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This engaging summary presents an analysis of Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, which imagines a world where doors can instantly transport people across the globe. The novel focuses on Saeed and Nadia, who are fleeing civil war in their native country and use the doors to travel to new countries, where the inhabitants’ responses range from violent nativist riots to official clampdowns to acceptance and integration.
Categories: Refugees in literature

Shifting Twenty First Century Discourses Borders and Identities

Shifting Twenty First Century Discourses  Borders and Identities

Exit West as a Canonical Bakhtinian Variform Text The amalgamation of various genres, narrative devices and literary techniques used confirms the polyphonic discourse of this novel. The narrator tells the story of Saeed and Nadia, ...

Author: Oana-Celia Gheorghiu

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527559011

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 187

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The world is spinning around us and we are spinning with it. When changes occur at the geopolitical level, inevitable changes also occur in people’s identity and in the way they see and represent the world. This book looks at this world with new eyes, approaching contemporary history (and herstory) from a scholarly perspective that cancels borders. Emphasis here is laid on migration, geopolitics, global citizenship, human rights, the EU and the non-EU, and East and West, as represented in fiction and drama or translated on television. The first part of the volume deals with migration and alterations in the non-Western world, with constant references to September 11, terrorism and wars, and the Syrian refugee crisis, before the focus moves on to one of the most important migration hosts nowadays, the European Union, discussing its expansion to the East, French President Macron’s call for renewal, and, lastly, a possible beginning of the end, announced by Brexit. This volume is a mirror of the discourses of globalization, one that makes the old self-other dichotomy obsolete. We are all selves in the eye of the storm that is raving around us, bringing change with it.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Last White Man

The Last White Man

The Last White Man concludes on a note of hope, a door jarred open just enough to let transcendence pour through' O, the Oprah Magazine 'The electric premise, borrowed from Kafka's The Metamorphosis, looks set to update a classic to make it ...

Author: Mohsin Hamid

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780241566589

Category: Fiction

Page: 103

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From the internationally bestselling author of Exit West, a story of love, loss, and rediscovery in a time of unsettling change One morning, Anders wakes to find that his skin has turned dark, his reflection a stranger to him. At first he tells only Oona, an old friend, newly a lover. Soon, reports of similar occurrences surface across the land. Some see in the transformations the long-dreaded overturning of an established order, to be resisted to a bitter end. In many, like Anders's father and Oona's mother, a sense of profound loss wars with profound love. As the bond between Anders and Oona deepens, change takes on a different shading: a chance to see one another, face to face, anew. 'Gorgeously crafted . . . The Last White Man concludes on a note of hope, a door jarred open just enough to let transcendence pour through' O, the Oprah Magazine 'The electric premise, borrowed from Kafka's The Metamorphosis, looks set to update a classic to make it urgently relevant' Evening Standard Praise for Exit West 'Hamid's enticing strategy is to foreground the humanity. . . . [He] exploits fiction's capacity to elicit empathy and identification to imagine a better world.' - The New York Times Book Review 'Lyrical and urgent . . . peels away the dross of bigotry to expose the beauty of our common humanity.' - O, the Oprah Magazine 'Powerful, vivid, poignant . . . Hamid is the master' The Sunday Times 'Astonishing' Zadie Smith '[An] exceptionally moving and powerful novel' The Guardian
Categories: Fiction

Citizenship Law and Literature

Citizenship  Law and Literature

Whilst Exit West no doubt similarly emphasises the importance of emplacement, it is one of the novel's significant features that the particular place loses relevance. Aided by the system of opening/open doors, it is clear that the ...

Author: Caroline Koegler

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110749915

Category: Law

Page: 264

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This edited volume is the first to focus on how concepts of citizenship diversify and stimulate the long-standing field of law and literature, and vice versa. Building on existing research in law and literature as well as literature and citizenship studies, the collection approaches the triangular relationship between citizenship, law and literature from a variety of disciplinary, conceptual and political perspectives, with particular emphasis on the performative aspect inherent in any type of social expression and cultural artefact. The sixteen chapters in this volume present literature as carrying multifarious, at times opposing energies and impulses in relation to citizenship. These range from providing discursive arenas for consolidating, challenging and re-negotiating citizenship to directly interfering with or inspiring processes of law-making and governance. The volume opens up new possibilities for the scholarly understanding of citizenship along two axes: Citizenship-as-Literature: Enacting Citizenship and Citizenship-in-Literature: Conceptualising Citizenship.
Categories: Law

Flat Aesthetics

Flat Aesthetics

All references to the Aslam novel are to this edition. 42 Waddell, Exit , 68. One essay that discusses the role of Brexit in Exit West is Shazia Sadaf's “ 'We Are All Migrants through Time': History and Geography in Mohsin Hamid's Exit ...

Author: Christian Moraru

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501355264

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 289

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Flat Aesthetics seeks to secure a more granular and ontologically demotic handle on the contemporary in American literature. While contemporaneity can be viewed as “our” period, Christian Moraru approaches the contemporary as some-thing made by things themselves. The making of the contemporary is variously restaged by the body of fictional prose under scrutiny here. Thus, this corpus itself participates in the making of contemporaneity. In dialogue with object-oriented ontology and various new materialisms, Moraru contends that the contemporary does not preexist objects or the novels featuring them; it is not their background but an outcome of things' self-presentation. As objects, beings, or existents present themselves in the present, in our “now,” they foster thing-configurations that together compose the form of, and essentially make, the contemporary - the present's cultural-material signature, as Moraru calls it. To decipher this signature, Flat Aesthetics provides a cross-sectional reading of postmillennial American fiction. Discussed are solely post-2000 works by writers who have also established themselves over the past two decades or so, from Nicole Krauss, Michael Chabon, and Ben Lerner to Colson Whitehead and Emily St. John Mandel. Their output, Moraru claims, bears witness to the onset of a “flat” aesthetics in American letters after September 11, 2001. Organized into five parts, the books canvases objectual constellations of contemporaneity shaped by material dynamics of language, museality and display, spatiality, zombification and thing-rhetoric, and post-anthropocentric kinship.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

At a café table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with an uneasy American stranger. He begins to tell the story of a man named Changez, who is living an immigrant’s dream of America.

Author: Mohsin Hamid

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 9780156033121

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER SHORT-LISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE OVER ONE MILLION COPIES SOLD WORLDWIDE The elegant and compelling novel about a Pakistani man’s abandonment of his high-flying life in New York—an extraordinary portrait of a divided and yet ultimately indivisible world in America post-9/11. At a café table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with an uneasy American stranger. He begins to tell the story of a man named Changez, who 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.
Categories: Fiction