Author Mohsin Hamid discusses his work
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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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