With EXIT WEST, Hamid turns eye to Europe’s mishandling of asylum seekers
(Riverhead Books) BY NICHOLE L. REBER — Once again Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid has captured the zeitgeist. In his latest novel, Exit West, he continues to pull no punches. His earlier novels put the US and “rising Asia” under the microscope, but this time the culprit is Europe.
Something Cannot Breathe
BY DAVE K – I don’t buy cigarettes from the man downstairs anymore. No, not anymore, not since he stopped selling them. “Paper, son,” he told me, “paper is what the future holds for me.” I looked inside his boxy storefront and saw crates full of dead wood and flower clippings.