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Exit West: SHORTLISTED for the Man Booker Prize 2017 Paperback – 29 January 2018

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As with the very best literature, its crystalline readability fast eclipses its topicality ― Mail on Sunday

[A] devastating portrait of victims of war, creating a singular parable about modernity, migration and the individual's place in the world ― The Guardian

A deceptively simple conceit turns a timely novel about a couple fleeing a civil war into a profound meditation on the psychology of exile. A novel that fuses the real with the surreal - perhaps the most faithful way to convey the tremulous political fault lines of our interconnected planet ― The New York Times

No conventional love story. [An] exceptionally moving and powerful novel ― The Guardian

Publisher's description. In an unnamed city swollen by refugees, two young people fall in love. One day soon they will have to leave their homeland, running for their lives, searching for their place in the world. ― Penguin

Powerful, vivid, poignant... Hamid is the master ― Sunday Times

Writing in spare, crystalline prose, Hamid conveys the experience of living in a city under siege with sharp, stabbing immediacy

Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

A love story as spare, haunting and spiritually powerful as a haiku. All my life I will remember Nadia and Saeed, their humanity against a surreal, broken landscape. Exit West is Hamid's finest book -- Kiran Desai

Imaginative, inventive, graceful... Hamid exploits fiction's capacity to elicit empathy and imagine a better worldNew York Times Book Review

A subtle and moving examination of how human relationships endure and falter under unimaginable pressures. Exit West is an instant classicGQ

Impressive... Exit West confirms Hamid's reputation as a brilliant ventriloquist who is deeply engaged with the most pressing issues of our time -- Andrew Motion (Book of the Week) ― Guardian

Astonishing -- Zadie Smith

Immediately canonical

New Yorker

Part pared-down romance, part 21st-century fable, Exit West is a thought experiment that pivots on the crucial figure of this century: the migrantFinancial Times

Exit West packs such an emotional wallop you will be thinking about it for days afterwards. For Hamid is not only telling a story, he is asking what sort of a world we want to live in. ― Editor's Choice, the Bookseller

It's a terrific, beautifully constructed, important novel of our time. This is what we expect fiction to do: to examine our age but also to cast an eye on the past and - very brilliantly in this case - on the future too. I love it. ― Mirza Waheed

Exit West is a masterpiece. It stretches the boundaries of the real just enough to make a point about the state of immigrants and refugees in the contemporary world. But it's very much grounded in reality. It's a beautiful book. ― Michael Chabon

Mohsin Hamid is one of the most talented and formally audacious writers of his generationTelegraph

A man born to write -- Dave Eggers

The voice of a changing continent. A writer at the top of his game ― Metro

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An unforgettable love story about how we live now - from the bestselling, Man Booker shortlisted author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hamish Hamilton; 1st edition (29 January 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 240 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0241979064
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0241979068
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, but lost its way
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