The last white man

by Hamid, Mohsin, 1971-

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Summary
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORKER , VOGUE , AND NPR

"Perhaps Hamid's most remarkable work yet ... an extraordinary vision of human possibility." -Ayad Akhtar, author of Homeland Elegies

"Searing, exhilarating ... reimagines Kafka's iconic The Metamorphosis for our racially charged era." Hamilton Cain, Oprah Daily

From the New York Times -bestselling author of Exit West , a story of love, loss, and rediscovery in a time of unsettling change.

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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Hamid's (Exit West, 2017) latest concise, powerful novel begins when Anders awakens one day to find that his previously white skin has inexplicably darkened and his body has become unrecognizable. Concealing his transformation from everyone except Oona, his casual romantic partner, Anders grapples with his changed appearance and fears facing the world as a stranger in his own life. Meanwhile, Oona, still reeling from the tragic death of a loved one and saddled with the care of her aging, vulnerable, and racist mother, is still figuring out what her relationship to Anders means while also learning to cope in a rapidly destabilizing world. As more and more people begin to change skin color, Anders and Oona navigate through their new world, contending with both societal and personal upheaval. Though the spare prose effectively conveys an underlying sense of doom and violence on the periphery for most of the novel, the story ultimately surprises. Hamid imaginatively takes on timely, universal topics, including identity, grief, community, family, race, and what it means to live through sudden and often violent change."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "On the first page of Hamid's underwhelming latest (after Exit West), a white man named Anders wakes up to find he has mysteriously "turned a deep and undeniable brown." From this Kafkaesque beginning, Hamid spins a timely if unsatisfying racial allegory in which, one after another, the white inhabitants of an unnamed country become dark-skinned. Hamid mutes the power by harnessing his plot to the dishwater-dull Anders, who works at a gym, and his equally bland girlfriend, Oona, a yoga instructor. The lack of social context is also puzzling, with the story set in an unspecified time and place largely stripped of historical and cultural detail. Hamid employs a cool, spare prose style with little dialogue, leaving the reader to feel like the action of the novel is taking place behind a wall of soundproof glass. The glass briefly shatters when white militants come for Anders, though the author quickly turns back the threat. Later, when Oona's mother, who indulges in right-wing conspiracy theories, is sickened by the sight of her white daughter in bed with dark-skinned Anders, Hamid taps the rich potential of his premise. For the most part, though, this remains stubbornly inert. Agent: Jay Mandel, WME. (Aug.)"
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Additional Information
Subjects Human skin color -- Fiction.
Racism -- Fiction.
Identity (Philosophical concept) -- Fiction.
Teachers -- Fiction.
Magic realist fiction.
Science fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Publisher New York :Riverhead Books,2022
Language English
Description 180 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780593538814
0593538811
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