Exit West by Mohsin HamidIn a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through.
Exit West follows these characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.
Mohsin Hamid, "Exit West"
His name was Saeed and her name was Nadia and he had a beard, not a full beard, more a studiously maintained stubble, and she was always clad from the tips of her toes to the bottom of her jugular notch in a flowing black robe. Back then people continued to enjoy the luxury of wearing more or less what they wanted to wear, clothing and hair wise, within certain bounds of course, and so these choices meant something. Unlock explanations and citation info for this and every other Exit West quote.
‘Exit West’ author Mohsin Hamid answers your questions
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Mohsin Hamid says he has been migrating his whole life, his own experience playing a part of the inspiration for his newest novel. It's a partnership with The New York Times. Two young people fall in love in an unnamed city in the Muslim world and, as violence takes hold, they're forced to flee, joining a mass migration that's become one of the hallmarks and most contention events of our time. But this is a novel, "Exit West," that uses realism and some magic to capture life for millions today and a possible future. As we do every month, we have asked you to send in questions. And author Mohsin Hamid is here to answer as many as we can fit in. There were a lot of people who wondered — this is a little unusual to get right to this, but a lot of people about how this matched up with you, right?