mohsin Hamid

Left to right: Mohsin Hamid © Jillian Edelstein; Héctor Tobar, courtesy of the author

Words and Ideas

Mohsin Hamid—Exit West

In Conversation with Héctor Tobar

Wednesday, March 15, 8:00 p.m.

About the Program

Mohsin Hamid, author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, visits the Skirball to discuss his latest critically acclaimed novel, Exit West, with Héctor Tobar (journalist and bestselling author of Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of Thirty-Three Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle that Set Them Free).This urgent love story, set in an unnamed country teetering on the brink of civil war, follows two young people in a furtive love affair. As the violence in the country escalates, the two protagonists must leave their homeland for an alien and uncertain future.

According to the New York Times, “by mixing the real and the surreal, and using old fairy-tale magic, Hamid has created a fictional universe that captures the global perils percolating beneath today’s headlines, while at the same time painting an unnervingly dystopian portrait of what might lie down the road.” Named one of the most anticipated books of this year by Time magazine, the Washington Post, and the New York Times, Exit West is profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, both completely of our time and for all time.

Books available for purchase. A Q&A and book signing follow the program.