Discontent and its Civilizations by Mohsin Hamid audiobook

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

By Mohsin Hamid
Read by Mohsin Hamid

3.87 Hours 02/24/2015 Unabridged
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From “one of his generation’s most inventive and gifted writers” (The New York Times), intimate and sharply observed commentary on life, art, politics, and “the war on terror.”   Mohsin Hamid’s brilliant, moving, and extraordinarily clever novels have not only made him an international bestseller, they have earned him a reputation as a “master critic of the modern global condition” (Foreign Policy). His stories are at once timeless and of-the-moment, and his themes are universal: love, language, ambition, power, corruption, religion, family, identity. Here he explores this terrain from a different angle in essays that deftly counterpoise the personal and the political, and are shot through with the same passion, imagination, and breathtaking shifts of perspective that gives his fiction its unmistakable electric charge.   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—Hamid writes about overlapping worlds with fluidity and penetrating insight. 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 scarifying headlines of an anxious West and a volatile East, beyond stereotype and assumption, and helps to bring a dazzling diverse global culture within emotional and intellectual reach.

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From “one of his generation’s most inventive and gifted writers” (The New York Times), intimate and sharply observed commentary on life, art, politics, and “the war on terror.”
 
Mohsin Hamid’s brilliant, moving, and extraordinarily clever novels have not only made him an international bestseller, they have earned him a reputation as a “master critic of the modern global condition” (Foreign Policy). His stories are at once timeless and of-the-moment, and his themes are universal: love, language, ambition, power, corruption, religion, family, identity. Here he explores this terrain from a different angle in essays that deftly counterpoise the personal and the political, and are shot through with the same passion, imagination, and breathtaking shifts of perspective that gives his fiction its unmistakable electric charge.
 
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—Hamid writes about overlapping worlds with fluidity and penetrating insight. 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 scarifying headlines of an anxious West and a volatile East, beyond stereotype and assumption, and helps to bring a dazzling diverse global culture within emotional and intellectual reach.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Marvelous and moving. Time
Smart doesn’t begin to describe Hamid; he is the sort of thinker that could change hearts and minds. Booklist
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
“Compelling…Its strongest entries reflect the same subtleties of thought [as his novels], laid down in his lapidary, crystalline prose.” New York Times
Honest and candid…Passion and hope infuse Hamid's most incisive dispatches. Kirkus Reviews
“Lucid, informative, and drily funny, these essays show that Hamid is one of the most perceptive commentators on contemporary global politics.” Sunday Times (London)
“Make[s] a case for the way big issues unfold across individual lives. And yet his intent is not to trace the evolution of the war on terror but how it alters us on the most intimate terms.” Los Angeles Times
“Hamid is an amazingly gifted writer, and Discontent and Its Civilizations is a near-perfect essay collection, filled with insight, compassion, and intellect. It’s a powerful look at the way people juggle their individuality with the tensions that inevitably result from being part of a community.” NPR
“Playing off the title of a Freud work on the tensions surrounding modern society, Hamid speaks at an easy pace with clear diction and a light accent as he conveys his messages of humanity’s universal themes, diversity, modernity, and the war on terrorism…His sense of timing and use of emphasis, however sporadic, connect well with his topics.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Mohsin Hamid

Author Bio: Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid is the internationally bestselling author of Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Discontent and its Civilizations, and Exit West. 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, Washington Post, and New Yorker, among many other publications.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Literary Collections
Runtime: 3.87
Audience: Adult
Language: English