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Exit West
Mohsin Hamid

This novel combines a beautiful and unique love story with the terrifying reality of war and seeking refuge. When Nadia and Saeed meet, their country is on the brink of a civil war. As violence and unrest increases, they decide they need to leave their home and jump into uncertainty. Jump being meant quite literally, as rumors have spread of mysterious doors existing that can whisk you away to far off places…if you’re brave enough to step through them into the unknown.

Exit West can be read as a whole or in excerpts to discuss the effects of war and trauma as well as the experiences of refugees. The novel is not suited for young readers as it contains content about graphic violence, drugs, and sex.

· · 2018

Critical edition

Hamid, Mohsin. Exit West. Penguin, 2018. 240 pp., ISBN 9780241979068

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In favour of this entry

  • Addresses current affairs
  • Award-winning
  • Democratic and political education
  • Intercultural perspectives

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