Transmission by Hari Kunzru

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In Transmission, award-winning writer Hari Kunzru takes an ultra-contemporary turn with the story of an Indian computer programmer whose luxurious fantasies about life in America are shaken when he accepts a California job offer.

Lonely and naïve, Arjun spends his days as a lowly assistant virus- tester, pining away for his free-spirited colleague Christine. Arjun gets laid off like so many of his Silicon Valley peers, and in an act of desperation to keep his job, he releases a mischievous but destructive virus around the globe that has major unintended consequences. As world order unravels, so does Arjun’s sanity, in a rollicking cataclysm that reaches Bollywood and, not so coincidentally, the glamorous star of Arjun’s favorite Indian movie.


 

About Hari Kunzru

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Hari Kunzru is the author of the novels The Impressionist, Transmission, and My Revolutions, and is the recipient of the Somerset Maugham Award, the Betty Trask Prize from the Society of Authors, a British Book Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Granta has named him one of its twenty best young British novelists, and he was a Fellow at the New York Public Library's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. His work has been translated into twenty-one languages, and his short stories and journalism have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker, the London Review of Books, Wired, and the New Statesman. He lives in New York City. www.harikunzru.com
 
Published January 25, 2005 by Plume. 288 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Computers & Technology. Fiction

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The Anglo-Indian author’s harshly satiric second outing (after The Impressionist, 2002) opens with a charmingly funny account of young computer programmer Arjun Mehta’s hopeful departure from his smothering Indian parents and arrival in California, where the promised job that lured him there does...

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* * * For no good reason Rocky Prasad decided to make a Bollywood film in Scotland with Leela Zahir as the leading lady.

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Transmission by Hari Kunzru 288pp, Hamish Hamilton, £12.99 If there isn't such a thing as geek lit, there should be: it would be appropriate to the exaggerated infantilism that energises much contemporary literature and film in the west, the gremlins and green men that quicken the hearts of chi...

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Publishers Weekly

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Arjun Mehta, the timid, unlucky antihero of Kunzru's newest witty and wicked creation (after The Impressionist), released the virus in a desperate attempt to regain his job at a global securities company.

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Publishers Weekly

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With this taut and entertaining novel, London native Kunzru paints a satirized but unsettlingly familiar tableau, in which his alienated characters communicate via e-mail jokes and emote through pop culture, all the while dreaming of frothy lattes and designer labels.

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Book Reporter

Computers, writes Hari Kunzru in his new novel TRANSMISSION, have "always terrorized [users] in small ways, by crashing, hanging, demanding meaningless upgrades or simply scolding them in the persona of an annoying cartoon paper clip."

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USA Today

Many of us have experienced that split second of paranoia when after opening a friendly looking e-mail and clicking the embedded link, we wonder whether we've been duped into launching a virus that will cripple our computer.British author Hari Kunzru takes this moment of worry and amplifies it in...

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About.com

Transmission, Hari Kunzru's new novel of love and lunacy, immigration and immunity, introduces a daydreaming Indian computer geek whose luxurious fantasies about life in America are shaken when he accepts a California job offer.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Richard Wallace Washington Post 4 of 5 Stars "Kunzru can capture perfectly this monstrous, oh-so-familiar type [drag queen], but his range actually seems quite limitless: bus-terminal derelicts, born-again madmen, German business executives, world-weary, golf-playing sheiks, Indian crime-lor...

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The Sunday Times

All around him are even more extreme instances of his type: mixtures of mathematical flair and social dysfunction who tacitly screen out each others’ tics and phobias (“No one took much notice of Shiro’s habit of flapping his arms violently every few minutesTo see the full article you need to sub...

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India Today

Kunzru, like Rushdie, whose echo can't be missed in Transmission or The Impressionist, is in permanent argument with the ideas that define and deform the world he lives in.

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