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Mohsin Hamid on 'The Last White Man' and the experience that inspired it

Mohsin Hamid is the author of "The Last White Man"
Jillian Edelstein
Penguin Random House
Mohsin Hamid is the author of "The Last White Man"

When Exit West was released in 2017, I spoke with author Mohsin Hamid about migration and his incorporation of magical portals to propel the story. The novel went on to win numerous literary prizes, including the Aspen Words Literary Prize, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize.

Mohsin Hamid’s newest novel is titled The Last White Man. It imagines a world where—one by one—every white person’s skin color turns darker and it explores the chaos and complicated emotions that follow.

I recently spoke with Mohsin Hamid about The Last White Man and how his own experience after 9/11 inspired it. Here’s our conversation.


The Last White Man by Mohsin Hamid was published by Riverhead Books.

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