An instant New York Times Bestseller "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 "A breathtaking novel...[that] arrives at an urgent time." - NPR.org As featured in the Skimm, on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Fresh Air, PBS Newshour, the cover of the New York Times Book Review, and more, an astonishingly visionary love story that imagines the forces that drive ordinary people from their homes into the uncertain embrace of new lands. 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.
"Hamid exploits fiction's capacity to elicit empathy and identification to imagine a better world. It is also a possible world. Exit West does not lead to utopia, but to a near future and the dim shapes of strangers that we can see through a distant doorway. All we have to do is step through it and meet them." -- Viet Thanh Nguyen, The New York Times Book Review (cover) "In spare, crystalline prose, Hamid conveys the experience of living in a city under siege with sharp, stabbing immediacy. He shows just how swiftly ordinary life - with all its banal rituals and routines - can morph into the defensive crouch of life in a war zone. ... [and] how insidiously violence alters the calculus of daily life. ... By mixing the real and the surreal, and using old fairy-tale magic, Hamid has created a fictional universe that captures the global perils percolating beneath today's headlines." -- Michiko Kakutani, New York Times "This is the best writing of Hamid's career... Readers will find themselves going back and savoring each paragraph several times before moving on. He's that good. ... Breathtaking." -NPR.org "Nearly every page reflects the tangible impact of life during wartime-not just the blood and gunsmoke of daily bombardments, but the quieter collateral damage that seeps in. The true magic of [ Exit West ] is how it manages to render it all in a narrative so moving, audacious, and indelibly human." -Entertainment Weekly, "A rating" "Hamid rewrites the world as a place thoroughly, gorgeously, and permanently overrun by refugees and migrants. ... But, still, he depicts the world as resolutely beautiful and, at its core, unchanged. The novel feels immediately canonical, so firm and unerring is Hamid's understanding of our time and its most pressing questions." - NewYorker.com "No novel is really about the cliche called 'the human condition,' but good novels expose and interpret the particular condition of the humans in their charge, and this is what Hamid has achieved here. If in its physical and perilous immediacy Nadia and Saeed's condition is alien to the mass of us, Exit West makes a final, certain declaration of affinity: 'We are all migrants through time.'" -Washington Post "Like the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but set in the real world. You'll be hearing about it, so get into it now." -TheSkimm "Spellbinding." - Buzzfeed "A short, urgent missive in which each detail gleams with authorial intent....Exit West is lit with hope. Hamid has said that "part of the great political crisis we face in the world today is a failure to imagine plausible desirable futures," and that "fiction can imagine differently." "Exit West" does so, and beautifully. May Hamid's hopes turn out to be as prescient as his concerns already are." -San Francisco Chronicle "Hamid stays with his protagonists like a spirit looking over their shoulders: The voice is sensitive, tender, as if these characters really are beloved...Hamid's care for his protagonists, the sheer insistence in the novel of human beings' importance to one another, is an artistic and a political statement. People should be able to escape the places where death is avoidably closing in on them, Hamid says." -The New Republic "Hamid graphically explores a fundamental and important ontological question: Is it possible for us to conceive of ourselves at all, except in juxtaposition to an "other"?... What is remarkable about Hamid's narrative is that war is not, in fact, able to marginalize the "precious mundanity" of everyday life. Instead - and herein lies Hamid's genius as a storyteller - the mundanity, the minor joys of life, like bringing flowers to a lover, smoking a joint, and looking at stars, compete with the horrors of war." -Los Angeles Times "In an era when powerful ruling groups - often in the minority - are gripped by a sense of religious and ethnic nativism, Mohsin offers these two, the millions they represent, and us, comfort: th
Mohsin Hamid, geb. 1971, wuchs in Lahore, Pakistan, auf, studierte Jura in Princeton und Harvard und arbeitete in New York. Hamid schreibt u.a. für Time, Guardian und New York Times. Er lebt in London.