How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

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By (author) Mohsin Hamid

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  • Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 218mm x 26mm | 360g
  • Publication date: 28 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0241144663
  • ISBN 13: 9780241144664
  • Sales rank: 110,397

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How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia is Mohsin Hamid's spectacular, thought-provoking novel of modern Asia. In this keenly-awaited follow-up to his bestselling The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid confirms his place as a radically inventive story-teller with his finger on the world's pulse. The astonishing and riveting tale of a man's journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon, it steals its shape from the business self-help books devoured by youths all over 'rising Asia'. It follows its nameless hero to the sprawling metropolis where he begins to amass an empire built on the most fluid and increasingly scarce of goods: water. Yet his heart remains set on something else, on the pretty girl whose star rises alongside his, their paths crossing and re-crossing in a love affair sparked and snuffed out again by the forces that careen their fates along. The hero of the story could be any one of us, hungry for a different life. And ours too could be the fate that awaits him...Fast-paced, vivid and emotionally absorbing, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia creates two unforgettable characters who find moments of transcendent intimacy in the midst of shattering change. Praise for How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia: "Even more intriguing, compelling and moving than The Reluctant Fundamentalist. A marvellous book". (Philip Pullman). "This brilliantly structured, deeply felt book is written with the confidence and bravura of a man born to write. Hamid is at the peak of his considerable powers here, and delivers a tightly paced, preternaturally wise book about a thoroughly likable, thoroughly troubled striver in the messiest, most chaotic ring of global economy. Completely unforgettable". (Dave Eggers). "Mohsin Hamid is one of the best writers in the world, period. Only a master could have written this propulsive tale of a striver living on the knife's edge, a noir Horatio Alger story for our frenetic, violent times". (Ben Fountain). "Written in the most compelling second person since Jay McInerney's Bright Lights, Big City, with which it also shares a sharp take on our frenetic, urban lives, Hamid's novel proves that the most compelling fiction today is coming from South Asia". (Daily Beast). Mohsin Hamid is the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Moth Smoke. His fiction has been adapted for the cinema, translated into over 30 languages, received numerous awards, and been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He has contributed essays and short stories to publications such as the Guardian, The New York Times, Financial Times, Granta, and the New Yorker. Born and mostly raised in Lahore, he spent part of his childhood in California, studied at Princeton University and Harvard Law School, and has since lived between Lahore, London and New York.

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Mohsin Hamid is the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Moth Smoke. His fiction has been translated into over 30 languages, received numerous awards, and been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He has contributed essays and short stories to publications such as the Guardian, The New York Times, Financial Times, Granta, and Paris Review. Born and mostly raised in Lahore, he spent part of his childhood in California, studied at Princeton University and Harvard Law School, and has since lived between Lahore, London, and New York.

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"It is a measure of Mr. Hamid's audacious talents that he manages to make his protagonist's story work on so many levels. 'You' is, at once, a modern-day Horatio Alger, representing the desires and frustrations of millions in rising Asia; a bildungsroman hero, by turns knavish and recognizably human, who sallies forth from the provinces to find his destiny; and a nameless but intimately known soul, whose bittersweet romance with the pretty girl possesses a remarkable emotional power. With "How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia" Mr. Hamid reaffirms his place as one of his generation's most inventive and gifted writers." -Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times" "This brilliantly structured, deeply felt book is written with the confidence and bravura of a man born to write. Hamid is at the peak of his considerable powers here, and delivers a tightly paced, preternaturally wise book about a thoroughly likable, thoroughly troubled striver in the messiest, most chaotic ring of the global economy. Completely unforgettable." -Dave Eggers, author of "A Hologram for the King" "Written in the most compelling second person since Jay McInerney's "Bright Lights, Big City," with which it also shares a sharp take on our frenetic, urban lives, Hamid's novel proves that the most compelling fiction today is coming from South Asia." -"The Daily Beast" "Hamid's choice to write a bildungsroman wrapped inside a self-help manual is an inspired one... Hamid has left us with no doubts about how state and market, law and crime, nation and corporation, and money and violence go together--in rising Asia as in the rest of the world." -"Bookforum" "An astonishing and riveting tale of a man's journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon." -"The Nation" "A joyously barbed satire on entrepreneurialism and the juggernaut of globalisation... Will be one of the standout novels of the year." -"The Guardian" "Ambition rules in this playfu