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TMR Bookgroup Discusses “The Last White Man” by Mohsin Hamid

October 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

The Guardian calls Mohsin Hamid’s new nov­el “a hyp­not­ic race fable,” in which “as white peo­ple sud­den­ly awake in brown skin, they are forced to con­front uncom­fort­able truths about pow­er and identity.”

“One morn­ing Anders, a white man, woke up to find he had turned a deep and unde­ni­able brown.” So begins Mohsin Hamid’s inven­tive new nov­el, The Last White Man. Anders, as it turns out, is not an iso­lat­ed case. More peo­ple in an unnamed town begin to change, includ­ing Oona, a yoga instruc­tor and a friend of Anders. Vio­lence inevitably erupts around them. White vig­i­lante gangs ter­ror­ize the trans­formed, while some dogged­ly refuse to accept an end to whiteness.

At its heart, this is a nov­el about see­ing, being seen, loss and let­ting go. The loss of priv­i­lege that comes from being per­ceived as white, and no longer being able to view the world from with­in white­ness, are some of the anx­i­eties exam­ined here.

(From The Guardian review by Guy Gunaratne.)

Sun­day, Oct. 30th. To join the con­ver­sa­tion, email books@themarkaz.org.


October 30
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
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