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Author Mohsin Hamid discusses his work

Novelist Mohsin Hamid challenges assumptions about Pakistan in his writing. He discusses the importance of fiction in culture and his career with Razia Iqbal.

Mohsin Hamid is a Pakistani author best known for his novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007) which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and has been adapted into a film.

His three distinctly different novels all offer a vision of Pakistani modernity that challenges the prevailing stereotypes of the country since 9/11.

His latest book How to Get Rich in Rising Asia (2013) explores globalisation and capitalism in a caricature of the self-help genre. Speaking to Razia Iqbal, he says: “The self-help form allowed me to be honest about what I do, which is write novels as a kind of self-help and also allowed me to raise the notion that readers read at least in part as a kind of self-help too.”

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