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Speakers' Series: Mohsin Hamid '93

  • 04 Mar 2009
  • 7:00 PM
  • The Lansdowne Club, Shelburne Room, 9 Fitzmaurice Place, W1. Nearest tube: Green Park

On Being a Novelist

Mohsin Hamid  ‘93 was born in 1971 in Lahore. He grew up in Pakistan but spent part of his childhood in California and returned to America to attend Princeton University and Harvard Law School. He then worked in New York and London, initially as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and later as managing director of branding firm Wolff Olins.


His first novel, Moth Smoke (2000), told the story of an ex-banker and heroin addict in contemporary Lahore. It was published in 10 languages and became a cult hit in Pakistan, where it was made into a television miniseries. It was also the winner of a Betty Trask Award, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and a New York Times notable book of the year. It is being adapted for the cinema by Rahul Bose.


His second novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007), recounted a Pakistani man's abandonment of his high-flying life in New York. Published in 22 languages, it became a bestseller in America, Britain, and Pakistan. It won the Ambassador Book Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Asian American Literary Award, and the South Bank Show Award for Literature, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and was a New York Times notable book of the year. Film rights have been optioned by Mira Nair. Mohsin’s writing has appeared in TIME, The New York Times, the Guardian, the Independent, the Washington Post, La Repubblica, the Paris Review, and other publications. He lives in London.

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