Intense love story surrounded by devastation
In a city swollen by refugees but still mostly at peace, or at least not yet openly at war, Saeed and Nadia share a cup of coffee, and their story begins. It will be a love story but also a story about war and a world in crisis, about how we live now and how we might live tomorrow.
Mohsin Hamid's Exit West
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The mixture of clarity and restraint in such passages is very impressive, and confirms Hamid’s reputation as a brilliant ventriloquist
Exit West is a thought experiment that pivots on the crucial figure of this century: the migrant.
The fiercely independent Nadia is feverishly keen to find a way out of the besieged city, and she and her more introspective boyfriend, Saeed, soon find an agent, who, for a fee, promises to supply them with an exit plan.
The civil war takes first their freedom and then their safety.