Arts Interview: Rising Tiger

Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid has a new satirical 'self-help' novel out, but he's also turned screenwriter, adapting The Reluctant Fundamentalist, his award-winning 9/11 novel, for the big screen.

13th April, 2013
Mohsin Hamid: 'So much of whether you can make a living writing books is luck'. Picture: Tony O'Shea.

Mohsin Hamid has the beginnings of a cold. "The fans were on in Lahore when I left," he says ruefully, blowing his nose. A freezing spring afternoon in Dublin must come as a shock after the heat of Pakistan. In the lobby of a city centre hotel Hamid orders chamomile tea. "I'm taking every possible step not to get sicker," he says, rubbing his hands with sanitiser and fiddling with his scarf.

Nonetheless, the world-famous...

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