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Volume 1 Issue 5

October 2014

Introspective Gaze of a Pakistani-American: An Exploration of the Echoes of Nostalgia, Nationality and Nationhood in Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Ms. Debalina Sengupta, 
Junior Research Fellow, 
Department of English and Culture Studies, 
The University of Burdwan, 
Burdwan, West Bengal, India
Abstract
The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a transcription of the traumas of 9/11 attack on innocent Pakistanis. Hamid took an attempt in this novel to show how millions of people’s lives are affected by this attack, what inconsistencies are there in the so called American Dream, and how the virtual ‘melting pot’ concept gets vivaciously affected by it. At the same time the author has portrayed a love story between Changez and Erica, mingled up with the pertinent issues like nationhood, nationality and patriotism. This novel is a type of bildungsroman narrative, where at the end the protagonist finds his true identity, and preaches the message that terrorism is the dealings of a few Pakistanis and Afgans and it is utterly wrong to mark them all as ‘terrorists’. In this way, the novel is a scripted answer on the Muslim responsibilities of the 9/11 attack on the twin towers of Manhattan.
Keywords
Nostalgia; Nationality; Diaspora; Mohsin Hamid; The Reluctant Fundamentalist
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