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'How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia', by Mohsin Hamid – review

6 April 2013
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia Mohsin Hamid

Hamish Hamilton, pp.228, £14.99, ISBN: 9781594487293

In the classic rags-to-riches narrative, a boy born into poverty attains respectability by dint of hard work, clean living and moral courage. Mohsin Hamid’s third novel — his eagerly awaited… Read more

Rich pickings

1 December 2012
Fakes: An Anthology of Pseudo-Interviews, Faux-Lectures, Quasi-Letters, ‘Found’ Texts and Other Fraudulent Artifacts David Shields and Matthew Vollmer (editors)

Norton, pp.363, £12.99, ISBN: 97830393341959

Despite its playfully obfuscating title, the rationale behind this anthology is pretty straightforward. A ‘fake’ is a fictional text that purports to be — or, perhaps more accurately, is presented… Read more

Wit and wisdom

2 July 2008
Prose, Volume III, 1949-1955 edited by Edward Mendelson

Faber, pp.779, 40

‘To enclose the collected works of Cocteau one would need not a bookshelf, but a warehouse,’ W. H. Auden wrote in 1950. The same isn’t quite true of Auden —… Read more

A world without frontiers

18 March 2008
The City of Words Alberto Manguel

Continuum, pp.166, 14.99

Alberto Manguel, the dust jacket informs us, is an ‘anthologist, translator, essayist, novelist, and editor’ who was born in Argentina, moved to Canada in the 1980s and now lives partly… Read more

The critic and the novelist

22 March 2007
Inner Workings: Essays 2000-2005 J. M. Coetzee

Harvill Secker, pp.304, 17.99

Novelists do not always make the best critics, and vice versa. But there are writers — Henry James, Virginia Woolf and John Updike spring to mind — who are similarly… Read more

Shooting the breeze for free

8 February 2007
The Paris Review Interviews: Volume I edited by Philip Gourevitch

Canongate, pp.510, 14.99

The Paris Review came into being in 1953, when a group of young Americans living in Paris, among them George Plimpton and William Styron, decided to start a literary magazine.… Read more