"Mr. Hamid reaffirms his place as one of his generation's most inventive and gifted writers." -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times "A globalized version of The Great Gatsby . . . [Hamid's] book is nearly that good." -Alan Cheuse, NPR "Marvelous and moving." - TIME Magazine From the internationally bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Exit West, coming March 2017, the boldly imagined tale of a poor boy's quest for wealth and love His first two novels established Mohsin Hamid as a radically inventive storyteller with his finger on the world's pulse. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia meets that reputation-and exceeds it. 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 ambitious youths all over "rising Asia." It follows its nameless hero to the sprawling metropolis where he begins to amass an empire built on that most fluid, and increasingly scarce, of goods: water. Yet his heart remains set on something else, on the pretty girl whose star rises along with his, their paths crossing and recrossing, a lifelong affair sparked and snuffed and sparked again by the forces that careen their fates along. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia is a striking slice of contemporary life at a time of crushing upheaval. Romantic without being sentimental, political without being didactic, and spiritual without being religious, it brings an unflinching gaze to the violence and hope it depicts. And it creates two unforgettable characters who find moments of transcendent intimacy in the midst of shattering change.
"A showcase for its author's audacious talents... both an affecting and highly specific tale of love and ambition, and a larger metaphorical look at the startling social and economic changes that are ... changing the lives of millions" -- Michiko Kakutani, in her "10 Favorite Books of 2013," The New York Times A Foreign Policy Leading Global Thinker Shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature Named a Best or Notable Book of 2013 by The New York Times, National Public Radio, The Chicago Tribune, Vogue, Apple, The Observer (London), The Sunday Times (London), Financial Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post, Kansas City Star, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Book Page, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews A Vogue "Favorite Novelist" "It is a measure of Mr. Hamid's audacious talents that he manages to make his protagonist's story work on so many levels. 'You' is, at once, a modern-day Horatio Alger, representing the desires and frustrations of millions in rising Asia; a bildungsroman hero, by turns knavish and recognizably human, who sallies forth from the provinces to find his destiny; and a nameless but intimately known soul, whose bittersweet romance with the pretty girl possesses a remarkable emotional power. With How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia Mr. Hamid reaffirms his place as one of his generation's most inventive and gifted writers ." -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times "Thanks to Hamid's meticulous use of detail-and his sympathy for a man on the make in a society of endemic poverty-we engage deeply with a serious character whose essence remains his own yet who stands as a figure representative of his time and place, an effect only the best novelists can create... This tale of an unscrupulous striver may bring to mind a globalized version of The Great Gatsby . Given the unabashed gimmickry of Hamid's how-to design, it's a pleasant surprise to find that his book is nearly that good ." -Alan Cheuse, NPR "A love story and bildungsroman disguised as a self-help book, and the result has all the inventiveness, exuberance and pathos that the writer's fans have come to expect... Marvelous and moving ." - TIME Magazine " Extraordinarily clever ... Hamid has taken the most American form of literature-the self-help book-and transformed it to tell... a surprisingly moving story." -Ron Charles, The Washington Post "The marriage of... two curiously compatible genres-self-help and the old-fashioned bildungroman-is just one of the pleasures of Mohsin Hamid's shrewd and slippery new novel, a rags-to-rishes story that works on a head-splitting number of levels. It's a love story and a study of seismic social change. It parodies a get-rich-quick book and gestures to a new direction for the novel, all in prose so pure and purposeful it pases straight through into the bloodstream. It intoxicates ." -Parul Sehgal, The New York Times Book Review " Wonderfully astringent ... Hamid is a sly witness to a traditional culture's dizzying trajectory-supermodels stalk city billboards; a drone hovers ominously in the sky-but his satiric impulse gives way to compassion for the intimacies that keep us tethered in a rapidly changing world ." - Vogue "This is one of those original works that are also resonant as a record of human experience and geo-political shift, and a strong argument for Hamid as one of the most important writers working today . An enjoyable read no matter who 'you' are." - The Daily Beast " Relentlessly brilliant ... Hamid is a master stylist, and his third novel is, I think, his best thus far ... There is something so rich and so deeply authentic in [the protagonist's] romance that its rendering alone hooks the reader... the novel ends with one of the most stunning final sentences I've read in contemporary fiction, a sentence that no review will ever quote, but an indelible sentence, which will live in your heart, mind, and soul long after you read it ." - The Los Angeles Rev
Mohsin Hamid, geb. 1971, wuchs in Lahore, Pakistan, auf, studierte Jura in Princeton und Harvard und arbeitete in New York. Hamid schreibt u.a. für Time, Guardian und New York Times. Er lebt in London.