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Exit West: Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017 Hardcover – 2 Mar 2017

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hamish Hamilton (2 Mar. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241290082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241290088
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.5 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Writing in spare, crystalline prose, Hamid conveys the experience of living in a city under siege with sharp, stabbing immediacy

(Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times)

Immediately canonical

(New Yorker)

As with the very best literature, its crystalline readability fast eclipses its topicality (Mail on Sunday)

Publisher's description. In an unnamed city swollen by refugees but not yet at war, two young people meet and fall in love. They pretend not to hear the sound of bombs getting closer every night. But one day soon they will have to escape this place, running for their lives, searching for their place in the world. (Penguin)

Impressive... Exit West confirms Hamid's reputation as a brilliant ventriloquist who is deeply engaged with the most pressing issues of our time (Andrew Motion (Book of the Week) Guardian)

Powerful... Hamid unfolds the disintegration of civic life and the couple's poignant intimacy with vivid, economical strokes. Hamid is the master of the illuminating metaphor (Sunday Times)

Wry [and] intelligent... Part pared-down romance, part 21st-century fable for a world of porous borders, Exit West is a thought experiment that pivots on the crucial figure of this century: the migrant (Financial Times)

A subtle and moving examination of how human relationships endure and falter under unimaginable pressures. Exit West is an instant classic (GQ)

Breathlessly relevant... Hamid's book could hardly be more timely; it's addictively readable and brilliantly written to boot (Mail on Sunday)

Astonishing (Zadie Smith)

Exit West packs such an emotional wallop you will be thinking about it for days afterwards. For Hamid is not only telling a story, he is asking what sort of a world we want to live in. (Editor's Choice, the Bookseller)

A love story as spare, haunting and spiritually powerful as a haiku. All my life I will remember Nadia and Saeed, their humanity against a surreal, broken landscape. Exit West is Hamid's finest book. (Kiran Desai)

It's a terrific, beautifully constructed, important novel of our time. This is what we expect fiction to do: to examine our age but also to cast an eye on the past and - very brilliantly in this case - on the future too. I love it. (Mirza Waheed)

Exit West is a masterpiece. It stretches the boundaries of the real just enough to make a point about the state of immigrants and refugees in the contemporary world. But it's very much grounded in reality. It's a beautiful book. (Michael Chabon)

Mohsin Hamid is one of the most talented and formally audacious writers of his generation (Telegraph)

A man born to write (Dave Eggers)

The voice of a changing continent. A writer at the top of his game (Metro)

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In a city swollen by refugees but still mostly at peace, or at least not yet openly at war, two young people notice one another. They share a cup of coffee, a smile, an evening meal. They try not to hear 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 her to live alone, she must move in with his family, even though the young couple 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. Someday soon, the time will come for this man and this woman to seek out one such door: joining the multitudes fleeing a collapsing city, hoping against hope, looking for their place in the world.

From the Man Booker-shortlisted author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist comes a journey crossing borders and continents and into a possible future. Exit West is a love story from the eye of the storm. It is a song of hope and compassion. It reaches toward something essential in humankind - something still alive, still breathing, an open hand and a thudding heart under all the rubble and dust.

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