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A5. Road trip > Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid

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Bonnie (bonbayel) | 48 comments This doesn't exactly involve roads, but is a trip by way of mysterious doors, taking by refugees Nadia and Saeed. They leave their oppressive unnamed country, which could be Syria, or any of many other countries, by walking through a door at a dentist's office, experiencing something like birth—into a public bathroom on what turns out to be Mykonos. The trip moves in the same way on to London, Marin and other places, ending up back home 50 years later.
They experience helpers and dangers, all while their initial attraction for each other is worn thin by their experiences. This is a short glimpse into what it's like to be a refugee, competing with other refugees, and always on guard for the local "nativists" who resent their camps and use of resources.
Mohsin Hamid has also written "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" which is very much in the style of Joseph Conrad's Lord Jim—one-side of a conversation that takes place during an afternoon and evening.

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Mary Manzanares | 73 comments Mod
Interesting concept.

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