The Last White Man by Mohsin Hamid, Read by Mohsin Hamid
A Reflection, and a Warning
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Author Mohsin Hamid’s voice is pleasing and clear as he narrates The Last White Man that functions both as a reflection and as a warning. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Alan Minskoff discuss this Kafkaesque story. The plot is straightforward: A white man named Anders wakes one morning with brown skin. Hamid’s uninflected voice lets the story unfold without melodrama. When Anders’s transformation is repeated by more and more people, they become unrecognized objects of prejudice. This allegorical fiction is invigorated by Anders’s close relationship with his lover Ooma and their families.