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Moth Smoke

by Mohsin Hamid

Moth Smoke
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2001
    256 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Through a brilliant array of voices and perspectives, debut author Mohsin Hamid tells the story of one love-struck Daru Shezad, who when fired from his banking job, instantly removes himself from the ranks of Pakistan's cell-phone-toting elite and plunges into a life of drugs and crime.But when a heist goes awry, Daru finds himself on trial for a murder he may not have committed. His uncertain fate mirrors that of Pakistan itself, animated by nuclear weapons and sapped by corruption.

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"Hamid's tale, played out against the background of Pakistan's recent testing of a nuclear device, creates a powerful image of an insecure society toying with its own dissolution." - Publishers Weekly.

"A pitch-perfect tale of the destruction of a young man ... Hamid is a writer to watch." - Library Journal.

"Stunning, [Hamid] has created a hip page-turner. He flies his pair of moths, [the characters] Daru and Mumtaz, like an expert kite fighter, singing wings and fraying strings." - The Los Angeles Times.

"[A] brisk, absorbing novel . . . Hamid steers us from start to finish with assurance and care." - Jhumpa Lahiri, The New York Times Book Review.

"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.

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Mohsin Hamid Author Biography

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Mohsin Hamid is the author of the novels Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia.

His fiction has been translated into over 30 languages, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, featured on bestseller lists, and adapted for the cinema. His short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, and the Paris Review, and his essays in the Guardian, the New York Times, and the New York Review of Books.

Born in 1971, he has lived about half his life, on and off, in Lahore. He also spent part of his early childhood in California, attended Princeton and Harvard, and worked for a decade in New York and London.

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Mohsin Hamid: mohsin hameed

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