Like Hamid’s, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Exit West is a work of few words but many interpretations. Saeed and Nadia live a in Middle Eastern country that is becoming more dangerous every day. When life becomes unsafe and unbearable, they decide to leave “through the black door” to a safer country. Each time the pair migrates, hordes leave with them and settle in a foreign, overpopulated land. With each migration, Saeed and Nadia’s relationship becomes weaker and less satisfying.
Hamid has written a timely work that describes the plight of immigrants and the countries they are allowed to enter. A good read with lots to think about.