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Moth Smoke

By Mohsin Hamid
Moth Smoke by Mohsin Hamid digital book - Fable

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The debut novel from the internationally bestselling author of Exit West and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, both shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize

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 the premier 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.

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54 Reviews

3.5
Thinking Face“I really enjoyed this book. Dark, yet funny. Interesting structure. Frustrating, flawed characters but great storytelling kept me fully engaged to the end.”
Multi-layered charactersOriginal writingFast-pacedComicalDark
Surprised Face with Open Mouth
Diverse charactersMulti-layered charactersAddictiveDarkThought-provokingViolence
Thinking Face
Diverse charactersThought-provoking
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“I really enjoyed this book! Not only was it beautifully and cleverly written, but I was so rapt by the characters and the plot the entire time. It explores its themes of class divides and self destruction in such an original and engaging way. You know from the first moments that Dara is fated for downfall but some part of you still hopes he will make it out, despite his character being revealed as more and more destructive and selfish as time goes on. And it has humour too! Which is one of my favourite things, when a book manages to inject humour into such a dark story.”
Multi-layered charactersBeautifully writtenSuspensefulDarkViolence

About Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid is the author of the international bestsellers Exit West and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, both finalists for the Man Booker Prize. His first novel, Moth Smoke, won the Betty Trask Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award. His essays, a number of them collected as Discontent and Its Civilizations, have appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, The New York Review of Books, and elsewhere. He lives in Lahore, Pakistan.

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