Mohsin Hamid nominated for Booker Prize

September 6, 2007 at 10:39 pm Leave a comment

TRFMohsin Hamid’s latest novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, has been nominated for the Booker Prize 2007.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist is about a Pakistani living in the US after September 11. It has been described in the Guardian as a “cleverly constructed fable of infatuation and disenchantment with America”.

When Mohsin first started writing this book in 2000, his literary agent was unsure if the story made any sense. Why would a modern, young, secular, westernized Muslim man feel any hostility toward the US. 9/11 not only answered that question, it also changed the lives of many Pakistanis living in the US. In 2005 Mohsin Hamid decided to rewrite his manuscript basing it completely on the aftermath of the attack.

The revised version was a hit with publishers, and this year it has received lavish reviews. Now it is on this year’s long list of Booker nominees.

A graduate of Princeton and Harvard, Mohsin Hamid worked as a management consultant for McKinsey in New York. He now lives in London and works part time as a brand consultant. It may be recalled that he won the Betty Trask award for his first book Moth Smoke.

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