Discontent and its Civilizations: Dispatches from Lahore, New York, and London

Category: Book
By (author): Hamid, Mohsin
  LITERARY CRITICISM / Books & Reading
  TRAVEL / Essays & Travelogues
Publisher: Riverhead
Published: February 2016
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 8.00in x 5.10in x 0.70in
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From The Publisher*From the bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, "a near-perfect essay collection, filled with insight, compassion, and intellect." (NPR)

In both his internationally bestselling fiction and his wide-ranging journalism, Mohsin Hamid has earned a reputation as a "master critic of the modern global condition" (Foreign Policy). A "water lily" who has called three countries on three continents his home (Pakistan, the birthplace to which he returned as a young father; the United States, where he spent his childhood and young adulthood; and Britain, where he married and became a citizen), he has achieved a truly
panoramic perspective on the clash of forces - political, economic, religious, cultural - that have transfigured the face of contemporary life and shaken the old certainties about how to navigate it.
In Discontent and Its Civilizations, Hamid traces the fracture lines generated by a decade and a half of seismic change, from the "war on terror" to the struggles of individuals to maintain humanity in the rigid face of ideology, or the indifferent face of globalization. Whether he is discussing courtship rituals or pop culture, drones or the rhythms of daily life in an extended family compound, he transports us beyond the alarmist headlines of an anxious West and a volatile East and helps to bring a dazzling diverse world within emotional and intellectual reach.
Review Quote*Praise for Discontent and its Civilizations

"Powered by innate wisdom and informed opinion … solid, questioning, explorative writing that not only picks fault and apportions blame but also offers tentative solutions. … The Hamid that emerges is a probing, critical political animal, one that is resistant to foreign intervention in Pakistan, anxious for more pluralism and tolerance within its borders, prepared to find good in the ‘brutal phenomenon' that is globalization, and mystified-rightly-by ‘illusory' civilizations." -Daily Beast

"Whether writing about global politics or theories of narrative, Mohsin Hamid is that rare writer who's comfortable in both worlds. This collection of over a decade's worth of his nonfiction is essential, expansive reading." -Vol 1. Brooklyn

"Superb." -Bookfourm

"Tearing down stereotypes and assumptions, Hamid gives an insider's look that is truly unique." -Brit & Co. 

"Smart doesn't begin to describe Hamid; he is the sort of thinker that could change hearts and minds."-Booklist

"[A] must read." -Conde Nast Traveler

"Mohsin Hamid is an important writer, not just in his conversational style that combines his personal convictions and depth of knowledge, but also in vantage point." -Ask Men

"Honest and candid…Passion and hope infuse Hamid's most incisive dispatches."-Kirkus Reviews

"[Discontent] give[s] a vivid sense of life lived close to the headlines…the recurring theme - that individuals matter more than the groups we try to assign them to - is as relevant as ever. And…the writing… is as simple, immediate and moving as any of Hamid's fiction." -Financial Times

"Electric." -The Guardian
"In contrast with the debased language of extremism, militarism and nationalism, [Hamid's] is a humane and rational voice demanding a better future." -Sunday Telegraph (UK)

"Vivid touches…elevate Hamid's intelligent… commentaries above the commonplace…Discontent suggests Mohsin Hamid is reasonable, intelligent….and humble. In short, just the sort of commentator the world could do with right now." -The Independent (UK)

"Lucid, informative and drily funny, these essays show that Hamid is one of the most perceptive commentators on contemporary global politics"  -The Sunday Times (UK)

"Elegantly crafted essays confront everything from the future of Pakistan and the death of Osama bin Laden to fatherhood and falling in love. The insights into Hamid's literary style and influence will delight devotees of his work and intrigue newcomers…Hamid makes a compelling case for pushing back against the mono-identities of religion, nationality and race and for embracing the things that all human beings share" -The Prospect (UK)

"Accessible, wise and beautifully clear."  -Metro (UK)

Praise for How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
"A showcase for its author's audacious talents…both an affecting and highly specific tale of love and ambition, and a larger metaphorical look at the startling social and economic changes that are…changing the lives of millions."
-Michiko Kakutani, "10 Favorite Books of 2013," The New York Times
"Extraordinarily clever." -The Washington Post
"Marvelous and moving." -Time

From the Hardcover edition.
Biographical NoteMohsin Hamid is the internationally bestselling author of Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. His award-winning novels have been adapted for the cinema, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and translated into more than thirty languages. His essays and short stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker, among many other publications. Hamid now resides in Lahore, his birthplace, after living for a number of years in New York and London.