• Sharply observed, powerful, evocative

    Financial Times
  • A first novel of remarkable wit, poise and profundity. A treat

  • A vivid portrait of contemporary young Pakistani life, where frustration and insecurity feed not only the snobbery, decadence and aspirations of the rich, but also the resentment of the poor

    The Times
  • A rare glimpse into modern-day Pakistan . . . The voices that emerge are sarcastic and sad, a lively lament . . . reminiscent of V. S. Naipaul and Salman Rushdie

    Chicago Tribune
  • Not often does one find a first novel that has the power of imagination and skill to orchestrate personal and public themes of these consequences and achieve a chord that reverberates in one's mind. Moth Smoke is one of the best novels I have read this year

    Nadine Gordimer, -
  • Stunning . . . [Hamid] has created a hip page-turner

    Jonathan Levi, Los Angeles Times

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