Author Mohsin Hamid on "How to Get Filfthy Rich in Rising Asia"

Mar 14, 2014

Mohsin Hamid
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The Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid has written three acclaimed novels.  His latest book has just been released in paperback.  It’s called How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia.  It’s a look at the life of a man who journeys from indigent child to wealthy industrialist.  And it’s written as if it were one of those self-help, get rich quick books that fill the shelves of bookstores around the world.

Hamid's first book, Moth Smoke, was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Prize. The Reluctant Fundamentalist, his second book, was a New York Times Bestseller, and was made into a movie last year. Mohsin Hamid joins Tom Hall by phone from St. Louis to discuss the book, his road to becoming a novelist, and the literacy scene in Pakistan.