The Last White Man: A Novel (Large Print / Paperback)

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Race may be a construct, but its implications are very real, and Mohsin Hamid asks us to consider this in his novel The Last White Man, which takes us into the heart of ‘whiteness’ and the collective imagination that gives power to that whiteness. It’s a simple premise with profound ramifications --one morning (in a nod to Kafka’s The Metamorphosis) Anders, a white man, wakes up to find he has turned into a brown man. In a short intro to the novel, Hamid asks us to “destabilize the collective imaginings we inherit,” to imagine a future where we shed our inherited biases and “do not cling monstrously to nostalgias for the past.” And besides being a powerful allegory about race, The Last White Man is also a tale of profound love and profound loss, about family love and family bonds, about the roles we play, both societal and familial—son, daughter, father, mother, about the many versions of ourselves and the selves we grow into. I loved the book’s fluid style, with its paragraph-long, comma-filled sentences that are a very effective, impressionistic way to convey the novel’s ideas and feelings about race and the intimate space of family. Ed loved and highly recommends!

— Ed

August 2022 Indie Next List

“I loved this book! Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West stands up as one of my favorites, even years later. His newest delivers just as brilliantly. Themes of race and bigotry, couched in almost fable-like storytelling, feel timely, yet enduring.”
— Rebekah Rine, Watermark Books & Cafe, Wichita, KS

About the Author

Mohsin Hamid is the author of the international bestsellers Exit West and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, both finalists for the Man Booker Prize. His first novel, Moth Smoke, won the Betty Trask Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award. His essays, a number of them collected as Discontent and Its Civilizations, have appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, The New York Review of Books, and elsewhere. He divides his time between Lahore, New York, and London.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593607640
ISBN-10: 0593607643
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Publication Date: August 23rd, 2022
Pages: 160
Language: English