The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)

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“The Reluctant Fundamentalist” is a novel by Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid, published in 2007. It was later adapted into a film in 2012, directed by Mira Nair.

The story follows the journey of Changez, a Pakistani man who goes to the United States to attend Princeton University and then becomes a successful corporate analyst at a top firm in New York City. However, after the events of 9/11, Changez’s life takes a dramatic turn as he experiences racial profiling and discrimination.

As Changez becomes increasingly disillusioned with his life in America, he begins to question his identity and his place in the world. He ultimately decides to return to Pakistan and becomes a teacher, but the story ends on an ambiguous note, leaving readers to wonder whether Changez has fully embraced his Pakistani identity or is still struggling to reconcile his dual identities.

The novel explores themes of identity, belonging, and the impact of globalization on individual lives. It also raises important questions about the nature of prejudice and the complexities of cultural and political differences between the East and West.

Duration: 130 min.


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