(From The Guardian. Link to the complete interview given below) Mohsin Hamid appears to have a preternatural ability […]
By Lucy Scholes With novels like The Reluctant Fundamentalist and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Mohsin […]
By Sarah Begley Mohsin Hamid’s new novel imagines migrant escape via magic portals. In the new year, citizens around […]
Your story in this week’s issue, “Of Windows and Doors,” takes place in a country descending into civil […]
A pair of runaway slaves fleeing the antebellum South, arriving in Boston. A family of Jews fleeing the […]
Mohsin Hamid seems to know what we’ll be talking out before we do. Whether it’s the nuclear testing […]
In our glaringly unequal world, commercial success seems a panacea. It frees the infinitesimally few writers who achieve it to write: NYT
For writers in our thoroughly marketized global culture and economy, the draws of commercial success are clear. As Virginia Woolf wrote 85 years ago: “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction,” circumstances likely “out of the question, unless her parents were exceptionally rich or very noble.”
Her words apply to men today as well. Ours is a glaringly unequal world. Money and a room of one’s own are distant prospects for many young writers. Commercial success seems, therefore, a panacea. It frees the infinitesimally few writers who achieve it to write.
In this interview, Pakistani novelist Hamid discusses his works with the editors of Oxford Islamic Studies Online. Attar, […]
You had a successful career in business before you published your first novel. How did you end up as a writer?
I stumbled into consulting. I didn’t know how you could make a living trying to write fiction. So I went to law school and had this enormous debt, so I interviewed for a job at McKinsey.
Books that are made into films end up fascinating readers and film enthusiasts alike. For the readers, it […]