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Hari Kunzru

Author of The Impressionist

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About the Author

Born in London and raised in Essex, Hari Kunzru is a freelance journalist and editor living in London.

Includes the names: Kunzru Hari, Hari Kunzri

Works by Hari Kunzru

The Impressionist (2002) 1,351 copies
Transmission (2004) 761 copies
White Tears (2017) 693 copies
Gods Without Men (2011) 559 copies
My Revolutions (2007) — Author — 465 copies
Red Pill (2020) 321 copies
Noise (1600) 94 copies
Memory Palace (1800) 31 copies
Paul Noble: Dot to Dot. (2007) 2 copies
Virus (2006) 1 copy

Associated Works

Hard to be a god (1964) — Foreword, some editions — 958 copies
The Book of Other People (2008) — Contributor — 729 copies
We Who Are About To . . . (1975) — Introduction, some editions — 554 copies
The Long Winter (1962) — Introduction, some editions — 301 copies
Granta 81: Best of Young British Novelists 2003 (2003) — Contributor — 272 copies
The David Foster Wallace Reader (2014) — Afterword, some editions — 220 copies
Granta 112: Pakistan (2010) — Contributor — 168 copies
Four Letter Word: New Love Letters (2007) — Contributor — 134 copies
Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation (2017) — Contributor — 110 copies
Moses Ascending (1656) — Introduction, some editions — 97 copies
Granta 125: After the War (2013) — Contributor — 80 copies
Ox-Tales: Water (2009) — Contributor — 69 copies
2011 Pushcart Prize XXXV: Best of the Small Presses (2010) — Contributor — 37 copies
Alien Zones: Roadside Picnic / Hard to Be a God (2014) — Foreword, some editions — 12 copies
Athena Magazine (2015) — Editor, some editions — 1 copy


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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Kunzru, Hari Mohan Nath
Country (for map)
London, England, UK
Places of residence
Essex, England, UK
London, England, UK
Bancroft's School
University of Oxford (Wadham College)
University of Warwick (MA - Philosophy and Literature)
English PEN
Awards and honors
British Book Award (deciBel Writer of the Year, 2005)
Granta's Best of Young British novelists (2003)
Observer Young Travel Writer of the Year (1999)
Short biography
Hari Kunzru, né en 1969 d'une mère anglaise et d'un père indien, vit à Londres. Son premier roman, L'Illusionniste (Pion, 2003), couronné par le prix Somerset Maugham, l'a placé parmi les vingt meilleurs jeunes écrivains de l'année 2003, liste établie par la prestigieuse revue Granta.



Fast-paced, multi-threaded story, centering around an Indian programmer, and his experiences trying to establish himself in a harsh and competitive employment environment, and the resultant streetcar-out-of-control. Would have liked more on the actual practice of programming, and at least one of the plot-threads seemed a little extraneous. But still, very enjoyable, well written, etc.
thisisstephenbetts | 24 other reviews | Nov 25, 2023 |
A pretty good horror novel about the fetishization and appropriation of Black music. It covers a lot of similar ground as John Hornor Jacobs' novella My Heart Struck Sorrow, one of my favorite horror reads, though subject of American racism is the subject here rather than one element of many. The resolution of the plot felt earned, and the writing itself was satisfying, though the middle third or so took a turn for the incoherent. Unlike in many horror narratives where the horror elements and the "real" thing the horror represents undermine each other, the supernatural and the natural worked cohesively together. Satisfying.… (more)
maddietherobot | 45 other reviews | Oct 21, 2023 |
First "literary" book I have read in a while and really enjoyed. Funny and went in unexpected direction that is a perfect fit for today. The reconciliation with his wife was the only part that I skimmed.
Mcdede | 13 other reviews | Jul 19, 2023 |
Engrossing novel, probably really 5 stars but I will have to think about it. The book is written across time with different characters (reminiscent of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas and others, I think there is a name for this kind of fiction, but I can't think of it) all of whom have in common a single location in the desert (hence the book title, a fragment from Balzac's quote "In the desert, you see, there is everything and nothing....It is God without men.") The characters are all looking for something, the mystery of the world, something bigger than our lives, etc. The combination of the book being written as parts of a puzzle, when the characters are trying to assemble a puzzle, the characters being a large variety of searchers or pilgrims including several damaged war veterans, the use of American Indian mythology, and the maintenance of a persistent system of imagery throughout make this high quality heady stuff.… (more)
markm2315 | 22 other reviews | Jul 1, 2023 |



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