Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival
Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival
Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival

Mohsin Hamid

in conversation with
Hugh Linehan

Date: Tuesday February 28th
Venue: Pavilion Theatre
Time: 8pm
Cost: €12 / €10 Concession
Age: Adults

Exit West is the new novel from Mohsin Hamid, author of international bestseller, The Reluctant Fundamentalist.  In a city swollen by refugees but still mostly at peace, or at least not yet openly at war, Saeed and Nadia share a cup of coffee, and he makes her smile. A few days later they go for dinner, and over time they share many more meals. They try not to notice the sound of bombs getting closer every night, the radio announcing new laws, the public executions.

Eventually the problem is too big to ignore: it's not safe for Nadia to live alone, she must move in with Saeed's family, even though they are not married and that too is a problem. Meanwhile, rumours are spreading of strange black doors in secret places across the city, doors that lead to London or San Francisco, Greece or Dubai. One day soon, when the streets are no longer usable, the time will come for Nadia and Saeed to seek out one such door, joining the great outpouring of those fleeing a collapsing city, hoping against hope, looking for their place in the world.

Mohsin Hamid’s novel could scarcely be more relevant to the turbulent times we live in.

Mohsin Hamid writes regularly for The New York Times, the Guardian and the New York Review of Books, and is the author of The Reluctant FundamentalistMoth Smoke, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia and Discontent and its Civilisations. Born in Lahore, he has since lived between Lahore, London and New York.

Moshin Hamid