Time & Date
Friday, August 5, 2022, 6:00 pm
Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy sits down with author Mohsin Hamid to discuss his latest book, "The Last White Man."
Hamid is the author of five novels, including the Booker Prize finalists and New York Times bestsellers "Exit West" and "The Reluctant Fundamentalist." His essays, some collected as "Discontent and Its Civilizations," have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and elsewhere.
Following the conversation, Hamid will sign books.
About "The Last White Man"
One morning, a man wakes up to find himself transformed. Overnight, Anders’s skin has turned dark, and the reflection in the mirror seems a stranger to him. At first he shares his secret only with Oona, an old friend turned new lover. Soon, reports of similar events begin to surface. Across the land, people are awakening in new incarnations, uncertain how their neighbors, friends, and family will greet them. Some see the transformations as the long-dreaded overturning of the established order that must be resisted to a bitter end. In many, like Anders’s father and Oona’s mother, a sense of profound loss and unease wars with profound love. As the bond between Anders and Oona deepens, change takes on a different shading: a chance at a kind of rebirth--an opportunity to see ourselves, face to face, anew.
In Mohsin Hamid’s “lyrical and urgent” prose (O Magazine), "The Last White Man" powerfully uplifts our capacity for empathy and the transcendence over bigotry, fear, and anger it can achieve.