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Moth Smoke

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Available for the first time from Riverhead the debut novel from the bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Look out for Mohsin Hamid's next book, Exit West, coming March 2017 Moth Smoke, Mohsin Hamid s deftly conceived first novel, immediately marked him as an uncommonly gifted and ambitious young literary talent to watch when it was published in 2000. It tells the story of Daru Shezad, who, fired from his banking job in Lahore, begins a decline that plummets the length of Hamid s sharply drawn, subversive tale.Fast-paced and unexpected, Moth Smoke was ahead of its time in portraying a contemporary Pakistan far more vivid and complex than the exoticized images of South Asia then familiar to the West. It established Mohsin Hamid as an internationally important writer of substance and imagination and thepremier Pakistani author of our time, a promise he has amply fulfilled with each successive book. This debut novel, meanwhile, remains as compelling and deeply relevant to the moment as when it appeared more than a decade ago. "show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 270 pages
  • 129.54 x 200.66 x 10.16mm | 45.36g
  • Riverhead Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1594486603
  • 9781594486609
  • 462,020

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Praise for "Moth Smoke " "A first novel of remarkable wit, poise, profundity, and strangeness... Hamid is a writer of gorgeous, lush prose and superb dialogue... "Moth Smoke "is a treat." -"Esquire" "Stunning... [Hamid] has created a hip page-turner [his] mysterious country." -"Los Angeles Times ""A brisk, absorbing novel... inventive... trenchant... Hamid steers us from start to finish with assurance and care." -Jhumpa Lahiri, "The New York Times Book Review ""Pakistan, seventh most populous country in the world, is one of the countries whose literature has been overlooked. Now its chair has been taken, and looks to be occupied for years to come, by the extraordinary new novelist Mohsin Hamid." -"The Philadelphia Inquirer" "A subtly audacious work and prodigious descendant of hard-boiled lit and film noir... "Moth Smoke "is a steamy and often darkly amusing book about sex, drugs, and class warfare in postcolonial Asia." -"The Village Voice" "Fast-paced, intelligent." -"The New Yorker " "The most impressive of his gifts is the clearsightedness of his look at the power structure of a society that has shifted from the old feudalism, based on birth, to the new Pakistani feudalism based on wealth." -The New York Review of Books "Sharply observed... elegant and evocative... a substantial achievement." -Financial Timesshow more

About Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamidis the internationally bestselling author ofMoth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Discontent and its Civilizations, andExit West, coming in March 2017. 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 inThe New York Times, The Washington Post, andThe New Yorker, among many other publications. Hamid now resides in Lahore, his birthplace, after living for a number of years in New York and London."show more

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"A first novel of remarkable wit, poise, profundity, and strangeness... Hamid is a writer of gorgeous, lush prose and superb dialogue... Moth Smoke is a treat." - Esquire "Stunning... [Hamid] has created a hip page-turner about [his] mysterious country." - Los Angeles Times "A brisk, absorbing novel... inventive... trenchant... Hamid steers us from start to finish with assurance and care." -Jhumpa Lahiri, The New York Times Book Review "Pakistan, seventh most populous country in the world, is one of the countries whose literature has been overlooked. Now its chair has been taken, and looks to be occupied for years to come, by the extraordinary new novelist Mohsin Hamid." - The Philadelphia Inquirer "A subtly audacious work and prodigious descendant of hard-boiled lit and film noir... Moth Smoke is a steamy and often darkly amusing book about sex, drugs, and class warfare in postcolonial Asia." - The Village Voice "Fast-paced, intelligent." - The New Yorker "Friends, a love triangle, murder, criminal justice, hopelessness, humidity. It's set in Lahore, there's a beautiful woman. Her name is Mumtez and she smokes pot and cigarettes and drinks straight Scotch. Read this book. Fall in love." - Publishers Weekly "The most impressive of his gifts is the clearsightedness of his look at the power structure of a society that has shifted from the old feudalism, based on birth, to the new Pakistani feudalism based on wealth." - The New York Review of Books "Sharply observed... elegant and evocative... a substantial achievement." - Financial Times "Brilliant... As relevant now as it was upon first publication twelve years ago." - The Millionsshow more

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6,497 ratings
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4 41% (2,670)
3 26% (1,721)
2 7% (430)
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