How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia is Mohsin Hamid's spectacular, thought-provoking novel of modern Asia
In this keenly-awaited follow-up to his bestselling The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid confirms his place as a radically inventive story-teller with his finger on the world's pulse.
The astonishing and riveting tale of a man's journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon, it steals its shape from the business self-help books devoured by youths all over 'rising Asia'. It follows its nameless hero to the sprawling metropolis where he begins to amass an empire built on the most fluid and increasingly scarce of goods: water. Yet his heart remains set on something else, on the pretty girl whose star rises alongside his, their paths crossing and re-crossing in a love affair sparked and snuffed out again by the forces that careen their fates along.
The hero of the story could be any one of us, hungry for a different life. And ours too could be the fate that awaits him . . .
Fast-paced, vivid and emotionally absorbing, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia creates two unforgettable characters who find moments of transcendent intimacy in the midst of shattering change.
Praise for The Reluctant Fundamentalist:
'A quietly told, cleverly constructed fable of infatuation and disenchantment with America . . . increasingly tense . . . genuinely provocative . . . intelligent, highly engaging' Guardian
'Prods the intellect, quickens the pulse and captures the imagination' Sunday Times
'An impressively intelligent thriller . . . This is a sharp, relevant book. Executed with cool control, it is a microcosm of the cankerous suspicion between East and West' Daily Telegraph
Mohsin Hamid is the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Moth Smoke. His fiction has been adapted for the cinema, translated into over 30 languages, received numerous awards, and been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He has contributed essays and short stories to publications such as the Guardian, The New York Times, Financial Times, Granta, and the New Yorker. Born and mostly raised in Lahore, he spent part of his childhood in California, studied at Princeton University and Harvard Law School, and has since lived between Lahore, London and New York.
Mohsin Hamid - How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia