The Reluctant Fundamentalist

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Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Hamish Hamilton, 2007.

In Hamid's Man Booker-shortlisted novel, the 'reluctant fundamentalist' of his title, comfortably seated in a Lahore cafe, addresses in impeccable English the assumed anxieties, prejudices and concerns of the American visitor he invites to join him at his table.  Eloquently, he entertains the listener with his experience of living the American dream, subtly interpreting as he does so his Western guest's discomfort at finding himself confronted in a foreign land by this disturbingly familiar 'other'.

For details of the recent Framing Muslims event at which Mohsin Hamid read from his novel and was in conversation with Amina Yaqin see: http://www.framingmuslims.org/event-archive/92-mohsin-hamid.html.