The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Author: Mohsin Hamid
Publsiher: Anchor Canada
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2009-06-05
ISBN 10: 0307373355
ISBN 13: 9780307373359
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Reluctant Fundamentalist Book Review:

From the author of the award-winning Moth Smoke comes a perspective on love, prejudice, and the war on terror that has never been seen in North American literature. At a café table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with a suspicious, and possibly armed, American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful meeting. . . Changez is living an immigrant’s dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up by Underwood Samson, an elite firm that specializes in the “valuation” of companies ripe for acquisition. He thrives on the energy of New York and the intensity of his work, and his infatuation with regal Erica promises entrée into Manhattan society at the same exalted level once occupied by his own family back in Lahore. For a time, it seems as though nothing will stand in the way of Changez’s meteoric rise to personal and professional success. But in the wake of September 11, he finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned, and his budding relationship with Erica eclipsed by the reawakened ghosts of her past. And Changez’s own identity is in seismic shift as well, unearthing allegiances more fundamental than money, power, and perhaps even love. Elegant and compelling, Mohsin Hamid’s second novel is a devastating exploration of our divided and yet ultimately indivisible world. “Excuse me, sir, but may I be of assistance? Ah, I see I have alarmed you. Do not be frightened by my beard: I am a lover of America. I noticed that you were looking for something; more than looking, in fact you seemed to be on a mission, and since I am both a native of this city and a speaker of your language, I thought I might offer you my services as a bridge.” —from The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Moth Smoke

Moth Smoke
Author: Mohsin Hamid
Publsiher: Granta Books
Total Pages: 244
Release: 2001
ISBN 10: 9781862074057
ISBN 13: 1862074054
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Moth Smoke Book Review:

Pakistan, Summer 1998: hot, with a late monsoon and the occasional nuclear test. In Lahore, Daru Shezad loses his job. While the jet set parties behind high walls, the economy crumbles and Daru's electricity is cut off. Soon he has fallen for his best friend's wife, started mixing heroin with his hash and joined forces with a criminal rickshaw driver. Moth Smoke is the story of Daru's spectacular

Discontent and Its Civilizations

Discontent and Its Civilizations
Author: Mohsin Hamid
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2014-11-27
ISBN 10: 0241966809
ISBN 13: 9780241966808
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Discontent and Its Civilizations Book Review:

Discontent and its Civilizations is the essential first collection of non fiction from Mohsin Hamid. Discontent and its Civilizations collects the best of Mohsin Hamid's writing on subjects as diverse and wide-ranging as Pakistan; fatherhood; the death of Osama Bin Laden and the writing of The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Unified by the author's humane, clear-headed and witty voice, the book makes a compelling case for recognizing our common humanity while relishing our diversity - both as readers and citizens; for resisting the artificial mono-identities of religion or nationality or race; and for always judging a country or nation by how it treats its minorities, as 'Each individual human being is, after all, a minority of one'. Mohsin Hamid writes regularly for The New York Times, the Guardian and the New York Review of Books, and is the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Moth Smoke and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. Born and mostly raised in Lahore, he has since lived between Lahore, London and New York. 'Mohsin Hamid is a master critic of the modern global condition, using humanization, wit, parody and other devices to examine how the fast pace of social and economic change has affected the individual' Foreign Policy 'The new voice of a generation. A writer at the top of his game' Metro 'One of the most talented writers of his generation' Daily Telegraph Mohsin Hamid writes regularly for The New York Times, the Guardian and the New York Review of Books, and is the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Moth Smoke and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. Born and mostly raised in Lahore, he has since lived between Lahore, London and New York.

Scrutinized

Scrutinized
Author: Monica Chiu
Publsiher: University of Hawaii Press
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2014-01-31
ISBN 10: 0824838432
ISBN 13: 9780824838430
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Scrutinized Book Review:

Chang-rae Lee’s Native Speaker, Kerri Sakamoto’s The Electrical Field, Don Lee’s Country of Origin, Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Susan Choi’s A Person of Interest. These and a host of other Asian North American detection and mystery titles were published between 1995 and 2010. Together they reference more than a decade of Asian North America monitoring that includes internment, campaign financing, espionage, and post-9/11 surveillance. However, these works are less concerned with solving crimes than with creating literary responses to the subtle but persistent surveillance of raced subjects. In Scrutinized! Monica Chiu reveals how Asian North American novels’ fascination with mystery, detection, spying, and surveillance is a literary response to anxieties over race. According to Chiu, this allegiance to a genre that takes interruptions to social norms as its foundation speaks to a state of unease at a time of racial scrutiny. Scrutinized! is broadly about oversight and insight. The race policing of the past has been subsumed under post-racism—an oversight (in the popular nomenclature of race blindness) that is still, ironically, based on a persistent visual construction of race. Detective fiction’s focus on scrutiny presents itself as the most appropriate genre for revealing the failures of a so-called post-racialism in which we continue to deploy visually defined categories of race as social realities—a regulatory mechanism under which Asian North Americans live the paradox of being inscrutable. To be looked at and overlooked is the contradiction that drives the book’s thesis. Readers first revisit Oriental visions, or Asian stereotypes, and then encounter official documentation on major events, such as the Japanese American and Japanese Canadian internment. The former visions, which endure, and the latter documents, diplomatically forgotten, shape how Asian subjects were and are scrutinized and to what effect. They determine which surveillance images remain emblazoned in a nation’s collective memory and which face political burial. The book goes on to provide a compelling analysis of mystery and detective fiction by Lee, Nina Revoyr, Choi, Suki Kim, Sakamoto, and Hamid, whose work exploits the genre’s techniques to highlight pervasive vigilance among Asian North American subjects.

Religious and Racial Profiling in Mohsin Hamid s Novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Religious and Racial Profiling in Mohsin Hamid s Novel  The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Author: Muhammad Rizwan
Publsiher: GRIN Verlag
Total Pages: 12
Release: 2016-01-20
ISBN 10: 3668129746
ISBN 13: 9783668129740
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religious and Racial Profiling in Mohsin Hamid s Novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist Book Review:

Research Paper (postgraduate) from the year 2016 in the subject American Studies - Literature, , language: English, abstract: The focus of this paper is the plight the Muslims of the world, especially those living in America, face due to religious discriminations. This discrimination is the result of the religious profiling of the media and the institutions which are working to spread the ideology of the West to the rest of the world. Everything is under their control so they manipulate the facts. Many Asian writers have tried to portray the true picture of the scene but it remains a great crisis need to be resolved. This paper will examine the core issues resulting from the religious profiling with the references from the novel "The Reluctant Fundamentalist", written by Mohsin Hamid in the context of post-9/11 milieu of the world, especially about the dealing with the Muslims.

Mohsin Hamid s The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Mohsin Hamid s The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Author: Keren Shlezinger
Publsiher: Insight Publications
Total Pages: 68
Release: 2010
ISBN 10: 1921411678
ISBN 13: 9781921411670
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mohsin Hamid s The Reluctant Fundamentalist Book Review:

Insight Study Guides are written by experts and cover a range of popular literature, plays and films. Designed to provide insight and an overview about each text for students and teachers, these guides endeavor to develop knowledge and understanding rather than just provide answers and summaries.

American Cinema in the Shadow of 9 11

American Cinema in the Shadow of 9 11
Author: Terence McSweeney
Publsiher: Edinburgh University Press
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2016-12-05
ISBN 10: 1474413838
ISBN 13: 9781474413831
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Cinema in the Shadow of 9 11 Book Review:

American Cinema in the Shadow of 9/11 is a ground-breaking collection of essays by some of the foremost scholars writing in the field of contemporary American film. Through a dynamic critical analysis of the defining films of the turbulent post-9/11 decade, the volume explores and interrogates the impact of 9/11 and the 'War on Terror' on American cinema and culture. In a vibrant discussion of films like American Sniper (2014), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), Spectre (2015), The Hateful Eight (2015), Lincoln (2012), The Mist (2007), Children of Men (2006), Edge of Tomorrow (2014) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), noted authors Geoff King, Guy Westwell, John Shelton Lawrence, Ian Scott, Andrew Schopp, James Kendrick, Sean Redmond, Steffen Hantke and many others consider the power of popular film to function as a potent cultural artefact, able to both reflect the defining fears and anxieties of the tumultuous era, but also shape them in compelling and resonant ways.

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
Author: Mohsin Hamid
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2013-03-05
ISBN 10: 110160378X
ISBN 13: 9781101603789
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia Book Review:

"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, 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.

Born Translated

Born Translated
Author: Rebecca L. Walkowitz
Publsiher: Columbia University Press
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2015-08-04
ISBN 10: 0231539452
ISBN 13: 9780231539456
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Born Translated Book Review:

As a growing number of contemporary novelists write for publication in multiple languages, the genre's form and aims are shifting. Born-translated novels include passages that appear to be written in different tongues, narrators who speak to foreign audiences, and other visual and formal techniques that treat translation as a medium rather than as an afterthought. These strategies challenge the global dominance of English, complicate "native" readership, and protect creative works against misinterpretation as they circulate. They have also given rise to a new form of writing that confounds traditional models of literary history and political community. Born Translated builds a much-needed framework for understanding translation's effect on fictional works, as well as digital art, avant-garde magazines, literary anthologies, and visual media. Artists and novelists discussed include J. M. Coetzee, Junot Díaz, Jonathan Safran Foer, Mohsin Hamid, Kazuo Ishiguro, Jamaica Kincaid, Ben Lerner, China Miéville, David Mitchell, Walter Mosley, Caryl Phillips, Adam Thirlwell, Amy Waldman, and Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries. The book understands that contemporary literature begins at once in many places, engaging in a new type of social embeddedness and political solidarity. It recasts literary history as a series of convergences and departures and, by elevating the status of "born-translated" works, redefines common conceptions of author, reader, and nation.

The Language of Allegory

The Language of Allegory
Author: Maureen Quilligan
Publsiher: Cornell University Press
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2018-09-05
ISBN 10: 1501724487
ISBN 13: 9781501724480
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Language of Allegory Book Review:

This lively and innovative work treats a body of literature not previously regarded as a unified genre. Offering comparative readings of a number of texts that are traditionally called allegories and that cover a wide time span, Maureen Quilligan formulates a vocabulary for talking about the distinctive generic elements they share. The texts she considers range from the twelfth-century De planctu naturae to Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow, and include such works as Le Roman de la Rose, Langland's Piers Plowman, Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter, Melville's Confidence Man, and Spenser's Faerie Queene. Whether or not readers agree with this book, they will enjoy and profit from it.

The Reluctant Entrepreneur

The Reluctant Entrepreneur
Author: Michael Masterson
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 166
Release: 2012-06-26
ISBN 10: 1118178440
ISBN 13: 9781118178447
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Reluctant Entrepreneur Book Review:

Addresses the fears and misconceptions that many people have about starting a business by presenting strategies for success and avoiding the pitfalls that threaten fledgling companies.

The Queer Art of Failure

The Queer Art of Failure
Author: Judith Halberstam
Publsiher: Duke University Press
Total Pages: 211
Release: 2011-09-19
ISBN 10: 0822350459
ISBN 13: 9780822350453
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Queer Art of Failure Book Review:

The Queer Art of Failure is about finding alternatives - to conventional understandings of success in a heteronormative, capitalist society; to academic disciplines that confirm what is already known according to approved methods of knowing; and to cultural criticism that has extensively theorized hegemony but paid little attention to counter-hegemony. Judith Halberstam proposes "low theory" as a means of recovering ways of being and forms of knowledge not legitimized by existing systems and institutions. Low theory is derived from eccentric archives. It runs the risk of not being taken seriously. It entails a willingness to fail and to lose one's way. Tacking back and forth between high theory and low theory, high culture and low culture, Halberstam looks for the unexpected and subversive in popular culture, avant-garde performance, and queer art. She pays particular attention to animated children's films, contending that new forms of animation, especially CGI, have generated narratives filled with unexpected encounters between the childish, the transformative, and the queer. Dismantling contemporary logics of success, Halberstam demonstrates that failure sometimes offers more creative, cooperative, and surprising ways of being in the world.

The Black Album

The Black Album
Author: Hanif Kureishi
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 288
Release: 1996-10-29
ISBN 10: 0684825406
ISBN 13: 9780684825403
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Black Album Book Review:

Shahid, a young man at a second-rate London college, finds himself torn between his own future and the growing fervor of the Muslim community. By the author of The Buddha of Suburbia. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.

Post 9 11 South Asian Diasporic Fiction

 Post  9 11 South Asian Diasporic Fiction
Author: Pei-Chen Liao
Publsiher: Palgrave Macmillan
Total Pages: 191
Release: 2013
ISBN 10: 0230349684
ISBN 13: 9780230349681
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Post 9 11 South Asian Diasporic Fiction Book Review:

While much of the critical discussion about the emerging genre of 9/11 fiction has centred on the trauma of 9/11 and on novels by EuroAmerican writers, this book draws attention to the diversity of what might be meant by "post" -9/11 by exploring the themes of uncanny terror through a close reading of "post" -9/11 South Asian diasporic fictions. The novels surveyed include Salman Rushdie's Shalimar the Clown, Hari Kunzru's Transmission, Monica Ali's Brick Lane and Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundementalist. Pei-chen Liao examines how these writers represent the return of the repressed and the post-9/11 unhomely migrant experience. She argues that 9/11 is not only an American national trauma or a terrorist attack on the West, but that its aftermath also manifests the transnational and transcultural emotional transmission of terror and fear. She also discusses the diversity of the post-9/11 condition in terms of the ways that the writers think beyond 9/11 and treat the terrorist moment on 11 September as an exemplary incident that allows different temporalities and a range of personal, political, cultural, racial and gender issues to appear.

Exit West

Exit West
Author: Mohsin Hamid
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 231
Release: 2017
ISBN 10: 0735212171
ISBN 13: 9780735212176
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Exit West Book Review:

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 the couple 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.

Contemporary British Novel Since 2000

Contemporary British Novel Since 2000
Author: James Acheson
Publsiher: Edinburgh University Press
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2017-01-17
ISBN 10: 1474403743
ISBN 13: 9781474403740
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Contemporary British Novel Since 2000 Book Review:

Focuses on the novels published since 2000 by twenty major British novelistsThe Contemporary British Novel Since 2000 is divided into five parts, with the first part examining the work of four particularly well-known and highly regarded twenty-first century writers: Ian McEwan, David Mitchell, Hilary Mantel and Zadie Smith. It is with reference to each of these novelists in turn that the terms arealist, apostmodernist, ahistorical and apostcolonialist fiction are introduced, while in the remaining four parts, other novelists are discussed and the meaning of the terms amplified. From the start it is emphasised that these terms and others often mean different things to different novelists, and that the complexity of their novels often obliges us to discuss their work with reference to more than one of the terms.Also discusses the works of: Maggie OFarrell, Sarah Hall, A.L. Kennedy, Alan Warner, Ali Smith, Kazuo Ishiguro, Kate Atkinson, Salman Rushdie, Adam Foulds, Sarah Waters, James Robertson, Mohsin Hamid, Andrea Levy, and Aminatta Forna.

The Dialogic Imagination

The Dialogic Imagination
Author: M. M. Bakhtin
Publsiher: University of Texas Press
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2010-03-01
ISBN 10: 0292782861
ISBN 13: 9780292782860
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Dialogic Imagination Book Review:

These essays reveal Mikhail Bakhtin (1895-1975)—known in the West largely through his studies of Rabelais and Dostoevsky—as a philosopher of language, a cultural historian, and a major theoretician of the novel. The Dialogic Imagination presents, in superb English translation, four selections from Voprosy literatury i estetiki (Problems of literature and esthetics), published in Moscow in 1975. The volume also contains a lengthy introduction to Bakhtin and his thought and a glossary of terminology. Bakhtin uses the category "novel" in a highly idiosyncratic way, claiming for it vastly larger territory than has been traditionally accepted. For him, the novel is not so much a genre as it is a force, "novelness," which he discusses in "From the Prehistory of Novelistic Discourse." Two essays, "Epic and Novel" and "Forms of Time and of the Chronotope in the Novel," deal with literary history in Bakhtin's own unorthodox way. In the final essay, he discusses literature and language in general, which he sees as stratified, constantly changing systems of subgenres, dialects, and fragmented "languages" in battle with one another.

American Shame

American Shame
Author: Myra Mendible
Publsiher: Indiana University Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2016-03-29
ISBN 10: 0253019869
ISBN 13: 9780253019868
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Shame Book Review:

On any given day in America’s news cycle, stories and images of disgraced politicians and celebrities solicit our moral indignation, their misdeeds fueling a lucrative economy of shame and scandal. Shame is one of the most coercive, painful, and intriguing of human emotions. Only in recent years has interest in shame extended beyond a focus on the subjective experience of this emotion and its psychological effects. The essays collected here consider the role of shame as cultural practice and examine ways that public shaming practices enforce conformity and group coherence. Addressing abortion, mental illness, suicide, immigration, and body image among other issues, this volume calls attention to the ways shaming practices create and police social boundaries; how shaming speech is endorsed, judged, or challenged by various groups; and the distinct ways that shame is encoded and embodied in a nation that prides itself on individualism, diversity, and exceptionalism. Examining shame through a prism of race, sexuality, ethnicity, and gender, these provocative essays offer a broader understanding of how America’s discourse of shame helps to define its people as citizens, spectators, consumers, and moral actors.

Re Orientalism and South Asian Identity Politics

Re Orientalism and South Asian Identity Politics
Author: Lisa Lau,Ana Cristina Mendes
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2012-05-23
ISBN 10: 1136707921
ISBN 13: 9781136707926
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Re Orientalism and South Asian Identity Politics Book Review:

Orientalism refers to the imitation of aspects of Eastern cultures in the West, and was devised in order to have authority over the Orient. The concept of Re-Orientalism maintains the divide between the Orient and the West. However, where Orientalism is based on how the West constructs the East, Re-Orientalism is grounded on how the cultural East comes to terms with an orientalised East. This book explores various new forms, objects and modes of circulation that sustain this renovated form of Orientalism in South Asian culture. The contributors identify and engage with recent debates about postcolonial South Asian identity politics, discussing a range of different texts and films such as The White Tiger, Bride & Prejudice and Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love. Providing new theoretical insights from the areas of literature, film studies and cultural and discourse analysis, this book is an stimulating read for students and scholars interested in South Asian culture, postcolonial studies and identity politics.

Moshin Hamid s The Reluctant Fundamentalist North America s Foreign Relations with the Middle East

Moshin Hamid s  The Reluctant Fundamentalist   North America s Foreign Relations with the Middle East
Author: Angela Camara Rojo
Publsiher: GRIN Verlag
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2018-04-26
ISBN 10: 3668691215
ISBN 13: 9783668691216
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Moshin Hamid s The Reluctant Fundamentalist North America s Foreign Relations with the Middle East Book Review:

Essay from the year 2016 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 9/10, , course: Faculty of Letters, language: English, abstract: This essay analyses North America’s foreign relations with the Middle East before and after the 9/11 attacks in Moshin Hamid’s "The Reluctant Fundamentalist". This is inherently depicted in personal and professional relations. Namely, the plotline focuses on the life of Changez, a Pakistani immigrant that portrays an ‘Islamic elite’ dwelling in the US. Following the 9/11 attacks, a growing wave of Islamophobia will emerge, tearing apart Changez’s accommodated American lifestyle. Much of this detriment is conveyed by means of Changez’s relationship with other characters, especially with Erica (Changez’s love interest), a troubled young woman. Erica’s character is a symbol for the American nation.