Now a major motion picture “One of those achingly assured novels that makes you happy to be a reader.” —Junot Diaz At a café table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with an uneasy American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful encounter . . . Changez 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. “Brief, charming, and quietly furious . . . a resounding success.” —Village Voice A Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year A New York Times Notable Book
Author : Mira Nair
ISBN : 9788184759426
Genre : Performing Arts
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Based on the bestselling novel by Mohsin Hamid Internationally acclaimed director Mira Nair offers the reader an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into the creation of her most ambitious film yet: The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Covering every aspect of the film-making process, this magnificently designed film book comprises an incredible array of images as well as short essays by those involved in the film-making process. Mira Nair discusses how the novel was turned into a screenplay; Mohsin Hamid reminisces about his first experience on a film set; production designer Michael Carlin recounts the thrill of transforming Old Delhi into contemporary Lahore; lead actor Riz Ahmed reveals how he got under the skin of his character Changez; and editor Shimit Amin demystifies some of his tricks on the editing table. This book also features a series of gorgeous black-and-white photographs by celebrated photographer Brigitte Lacombe.
At A CafÉ Table In Lahore, A Bearded Pakistani Man Converses With An American Stranger. As Dusk Deepens To Dark, He Begins The Tale That Has Brought Him To This Fateful Meeting . . . Among The Brightest And Best Of His Graduating Class At Princeton,Changez Is Snapped Up By Underwood And Samson, An Elite Firm Thatspecializes In &Lsquo;Valuation&Rsquo; Of Companies Ripe For Acquisition. He Thriveson New York And The Intensity Of His Work, And His Infatuation Withthe Beautiful Erica Promises Entry Into Manhattan Society At The Sameexalted Level Once Occupied By His Own Family Back In Lahore. But Inthe Wake Of September 11, He Finds His Position In The City He Lovessuddenly Overturned, And His Budding Relationship With Erica Eclipsedby The Reawakened Ghosts Of Her Past. And Changez&Rsquo;S Own Identity Isin Seismic Shift As Well, Unearthing Allegiances More Fundamental Thanmoney, Power, And Perhaps Even Love. The Reluctant Fundamentalist Is A Riveting And Devastating Exploration Of Our Divided And Yet Ultimately Indivisible World, Withechoes Of Fitzgerald And Camus. &Lsquo;Mohsin Hamid&Rsquo;S Exceptionally Taut And Gripping Novel Gently Explores The Fault Lines Between The American West And The Islamic East. Hamid Seems To Have Pulled Off The Near Impossible. This Is A Meditative Novel Written In An Introspective Manner&Hellip;But This Is Also A Deeply Suspenseful Work, The Sense Of Anticipation Heightened By Hamid&Rsquo;S Wonderful Use Of Restraint&Rsquo;&Mdash;Mukund Padmanabhan In The Hindu &Lsquo;A Brilliant Book. With Spooky Restraint And Masterful Control, Hamid Unpicks The Underpinnings Of The Most Recent Episode Of Distrust Between East And West. But His Book Does Not Merely Excel In Capturing A Developing Bitterness. The Narrative Is Balanced By A Love As Powerful As The Sinister Forces Gathering, Even When It Recedes Into A Phantom Of Hope. It Is This Balance, And The Constant Negotiation Of The Political With The Personal, That Creates A Nuanced And Complex Portrait Of A Reluctant Fundamentalist&Rsquo;&Mdash;Kiran Desai, Author Of The Inheritance Of Loss &Lsquo;A Quietly Told, Cleverly Constructed Fable Of Infatuation And Disenchantment With America&Hellip;Astute Cultural Observation At Which Hamid Excels. An Intelligent, Highly Engaging Piece Of Work&Rsquo;&Mdash; James Lasdun In The Guardian
Author : Marilyn Herbert
ISBN : 9781927121054
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The Reluctant Fundamentalist is more than the usual immigrant book of adaptation, struggle, and identity. It is the gripping tale of a young man who comes to America from Pakistan just prior to 9/11. The protagonist, Changez, is a Harvard educated businessman who works for a high-profile company that assesses the economic value of other companies. Changez is very successful in his chosen career, but then September 11 happens and everything changes. The setting is Lahore, Pakistan and the tale is told by one narrator, that of Changez, as he speaks to a nameless and faceless American tourist. The narration takes place in the span of a single evening, in fact, during a single meal, and Hamid manages to swing the reader on a pendulum of conflicting emotions and thoughts. The Bookclub-in-a-Box guide explores a number of important questions: who is this nameless American and why is he in Pakistan; how can one person have equal love for two countries that are at odds with each other in culture and outlook; how does such a person come to terms with his two worlds; and what is the significance of the word “reluctant” in the novel’s title, The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Every Bookclub-in-a-Box discussion guide also includes complete coverage of the themes and symbols, writing style and interesting background information on the novel and the author.
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"Mr. Hamid reaffirms his place as one of his generation's most inventive and gifted writers." –Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times "A globalized version of The Great Gatsby . . . [Hamid's] book is nearly that good." –Alan Cheuse, NPR "Marvelous and moving." –TIME Magazine From the internationally bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Exit West, coming March 2017, the boldly imagined tale of a poor boy’s quest for wealth and love His first two novels established Mohsin Hamid as a radically inventive storyteller with his finger on the world’s pulse. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia meets that reputation—and exceeds it. The astonishing and riveting tale of a man’s journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon, it steals its shape from the business self-help books devoured by ambitious youths all over “rising Asia.” It follows its nameless hero to the sprawling metropolis where he begins to amass an empire built on that most fluid, and increasingly scarce, of goods: water. Yet his heart remains set on something else, on the pretty girl whose star rises along with his, their paths crossing and recrossing, a lifelong affair sparked and snuffed and sparked again by the forces that careen their fates along. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia is a striking slice of contemporary life at a time of crushing upheaval. Romantic without being sentimental, political without being didactic, and spiritual without being religious, it brings an unflinching gaze to the violence and hope it depicts. And it creates two unforgettable characters who find moments of transcendent intimacy in the midst of shattering change. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Available for the first time from Riverhead—the debut novel from the bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Look out for Mohsin Hamid's next book, Exit West, coming March 2017 Moth Smoke, Mohsin Hamid’s deftly conceived first novel, immediately marked him as an uncommonly gifted and ambitious young literary talent to watch when it was published in 2000. It tells the story of Daru Shezad, who, fired from his banking job in Lahore, begins a decline that plummets the length of Hamid’s sharply drawn, subversive tale. Fast-paced and unexpected, Moth Smoke was ahead of its time in portraying a contemporary Pakistan far more vivid and complex than the exoticized images of South Asia then familiar to the West. It established Mohsin Hamid as an internationally important writer of substance and imagination and the premier Pakistani author of our time, a promise he has amply fulfilled with each successive book. This debut novel, meanwhile, remains as compelling and deeply relevant to the moment as when it appeared more than a decade ago.