Mohsin Hamid on The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist is now a motion picture starring Riz Ahmed (IFC Films)

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From the Best of Q, we revisit Jian's interview with writer Mohsin Hamid. His bestselling novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist, which is now a feature film, follows the provocative story of a Pakistani American who becomes alienated from his Wall Street colleagues following the 9/11 attacks.

"As one becomes more and more American, it can be strange to look in the mirror ... and that can cause a crisis in people sometimes," said Moshin, explaining we live in a more dangerous world when hybridized people feel they can't exist.

The author reflects on the factors that push people toward extremism, the intersection between politcs and personal crises, and why his latest book, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, is more hopeful than his past work.


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