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Exit West: Introduction
Exit West: Plot Summary
Exit West: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Exit West: Themes
Exit West: Quotes
Exit West: Characters
Exit West: Symbols
Exit West: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Mohsin Hamid
Historical Context of Exit West
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- Full Title: Exit West
- When Published: February 27, 2017
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Migrant Literature, Contemporary Fiction
- Setting: The novel begins in an unnamed country, but its protagonists are quickly forced to migrate to Mykonos, London, and finally Marin, California.
- Climax: Each time Saeed and Nadia migrate to a new country, they experience conflicts that have to do with their abrupt arrival into a new environment, and each of these conflicts ultimately builds itself into its own climax. Having said that, the story’s most prevalent narrative arc reaches its peak when the couple finally decides to end their romantic relationship.
- Antagonist: The most immediate antagonists in Exit West are the radical militants that take over Nadia and Saeed’s home country, forcing them to flee. However, the hatred and xenophobia that leads people to divide others into groups based on nationality or race is the overarching antagonistic force that rears its head countless times throughout the novel.
- Point of View: Third-Person Omniscient
Extra Credit for Exit West
Early Mentors. In his formative years as a young writer in college, Hamid studied under the renowned authors Toni Morrison and Joyce Carol Oates.