Discontent and Its Civilizations

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Discontent and its Civilizations
collects the best of Mohsin Hamid’s writing on subjects as diverse and wide-ranging as Pakistan; fatherhood; the death of Osama Bin Laden and the writing of The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

Unified by the author’s humane, clear-headed and witty voice, the book makes a compelling case for recognizing our common humanity while relishing our diversity – both as readers and citizens; for resisting the artificial mono-identities of religion or nationality or race; and for always judging a country or nation by how it treats its minorities, as ‘Each individual human being is, after all, a minority of one’.

© Mohsin Hamid 2014 (P) Penguin Audio 2022

Critics Review

  • Accessible, wise and beautifully clear

    Metro
  • Mohsin Hamid is reasonable, intelligent…in short, just the sort of commentator the world could do with right now

    Independent
  • Smart doesn’t begin to describe Hamid; he is the sort of thinker that could change hearts and minds

    Booklist
  • In contrast with the debased language of extremism, militarism and nationalism, his is a humane and rational voice demanding a better future

    Sunday Times
  • Lucid, informative and drily funny, these essays show that Hamid is one of the most perceptive commentators on contemporary global politics

    Sunday Telegraph
  • One of the most talented writers of his generation

    Daily Telegraph

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