Writers Who Read

2 January 2019

Exit West - Mohsin Hamid




Why we're here

Literary Forensics

Who we are

1. Author / Publisher Intent

2. Stylistic Choices

3. Structure, Pacing

4. Climax - what changed?

5. Scene sleuthing

Exit West - Mohsin Hamid

  • Marketing: Migrant Literature, Contemporary Fiction, Political, Cultural Heritage
  • Genre: Magical-Realism, Present-Day, Arch-Plot Long-Form
  • Word count: 47,297
  • Print Pages: 226

  • Tense: Past
  • POV: 3rd Person Omniscient

  • Publish date: March 7, 2017
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Sold by: Penguin Group

  • Prizes: Man Booker Finalist
  • Best of 2017: New York Times Best 10 Books, San Fran Chronicle, People, Entertainment, GQ, Time, O, LA Times

  • Study Sources


"Nadia and Saeed were, back then, always in possession of their phones. In their phones were antennas, and these antennas sniffed out an invisible world, as if by magic, a world that was all around them, and also nowhere, transporting them to places distant and near, and to places that had never been and would never be."

“Migration is a basic condition of humanity”
- Mohsin Hamid


“The book is really a novel about losing things; about breakups . . . with places, with people, and eventually our own lives.”
- Mohsin Hamid

Sentiment Analysis

Arch Plot Structure

Annotated by Mohsin Hamid

Word Cloud

  • Word

  • Sentence

  • Paragraph

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Next Up:
Wednesday, February 6 (6-8pm)
The Female Persuasion - Meg Wolitzer (2018)