Discontent And Its Civilizations

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These timely 'dispatches from Lahore, New York and London' encompassing memoir, art and politics, collect the best essays of the award-winning author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid.

Hamid makes a compelling case for recognising our common humanity while relishing our diversity, for resisting the artificial mono-identities of religion or nationality or race, and for always judging a country or nation by how it treats its minorities as 'Each individual human being is, after all, a minority of one'.

In this first episode Hamid muses on his fractured youth, growing up in Lahore and California, and the creation of language, art and identity in different locations.

Read by Sanjeev Bhaskar

Abridged by Eileen Horne

Produced by Clive Brill

A Brill production for BBC Radio 4.

Mohsin Hamid muses on his fractured youth, growing up in Lahore and California.

022014120220141203 (R4)

These timely 'dispatches from Lahore, New York and London' encompassing memoir, art and politics, collect the best essays of the award-winning author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid.

Hamid makes a compelling case for recognising our common humanity while relishing our diversity, for resisting the artificial mono-identities of religion or nationality or race, and for always judging a country or nation by how it treats its minorities as 'Each individual human being is, after all, a minority of one'.

Peripatetic author Hamid relocates to London to pursue his career and eventually finds love in the city with his wife and baby daughter. But Lahore, city of his birth, is calling...

Read by Sanjeev Bhaskar

Abridged by Eileen Horne

Produced by Clive Brill

A Brill production for BBC Radio 4.

The young Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid moves to London and finds love in the city.

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These timely 'dispatches from Lahore, New York and London' encompassing memoir, art and politics, collect the best essays of the award-winning author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid.

Hamid makes a compelling case for recognising our common humanity while relishing our diversity, for resisting the artificial mono-identities of religion or nationality or race, and for always judging a country or nation by how it treats its minorities as 'Each individual human being is, after all, a minority of one'.

Back in Lahore, rising young author Mohsin Hamid gets to grip with the writer's solitary life, and, inspired by writers he loves, develops both his craft as a writer - and his fitness.

Read by Sanjeev Bhaskar

Abridged by Eileen Horne

Produced by Clive Brill

A Brill production for BBC Radio 4.

Back in Lahore, young author Mohsin gets to grip with the writer's solitary life.

042014120420141205 (R4)

These timely 'dispatches from Lahore, New York and London' encompassing memoir, art and politics, collect the best essays of the award-winning author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid.

Hamid makes a compelling case for recognising our common humanity while relishing our diversity, for resisting the artificial mono-identities of religion or nationality or race, and for always judging a country or nation by how it treats its minorities as 'Each individual human being is, after all, a minority of one'.

Hamid recounts his experience of Islamophobia both pre and post 9-11, and considers the fearsome consequences of terrorism and the death of Bin Laden on his country.

Read by Sanjeev Bhaskar

Abridged by Eileen Horne

Produced by Clive Brill

A Brill production for BBC Radio 4.

Hamid recounts his personal experience of Islamophobia and the death of Bin Laden.

05 LAST2014120520141206 (R4)

These timely 'dispatches from Lahore, New York and London' encompassing memoir, art and politics, collect the best essays of the award-winning author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid.

Hamid makes a compelling case for recognising our common humanity while relishing our diversity, for resisting the artificial mono-identities of religion or nationality or race, and for always judging a country or nation by how it treats its minorities as 'Each individual human being is, after all, a minority of one'.

In two essays, author and journalist Mohsin Hamid considers his country's - and its Asian neighbours' - history and progress, on the occasions of Pakistan's 60th and 65th birthdays.

Read by Sanjeev Bhaskar

Abridged by Eileen Horne

Produced by Clive Brill

A Brill production for BBC Radio 4.

Mohsin Hamid looks at his country's turbulent progress on its 60th and 65th birthdays.