Hari Kunzru - Author

About the Author

Hari Kunzru was born in 1969 and lives in south-east London. He was an associate editor at Wired and was named the Observer Young Travel Writer of the Year in 1999. He is a contributing editor of Mute magazine and music editor at Wallpaper. The Impressionist is his first novel.

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White Tears

White Tears

Author: Hari Kunzru Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2018

'A stunning, audacious new thriller... It will shock you, horrify you, unsettle you, and that's exactly the point. As brave as it is brutal, it lets nothing and nobody off the hook' NPR 'A book that everyone should be reading right now' TIME New Yorkers Carter and Seth chop up old music to make it new again, ripping off black culture to line white pockets. They are young, hungry and talented. But one day they stumble on an old blues song - an undiscovered gem just waiting to be found - and land themselves in a heap of trouble. Seeking answers, Seth travels deep into the heart of the old South, accompanied by Carter's bewitching sister Leonie. But this is America, where ghosts lie uneasy in shallow graves and tugging one loose thread can unravel a bloody history of injustice. And the closer Seth gets to the haunting truth, the more he feels pursued . . . White Tears is a nail-biting ride through the terrifying spectre of America's past. It's about black lives and white privilege and the music that runs through the country's veins like blood.

White Tears

White Tears

Author: Hari Kunzru Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 06/04/2017

Two twenty-something New Yorkers: awkward Seth and Carter, the trust fund hipster. They have one thing in common: an obsession with music. Rising stars on the producing scene, they stumble across a blues song long forgotten by history - and everything starts to unravel as they are drawn down a path that allows no return. Trapped in a game they don't understand, caught between performer and audience, righteous and forsaken...

White Tears

White Tears

Author: Hari Kunzru Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/04/2017

Books of the Year TOP TEN PICK - Publishers Weekly 'Like Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch... A stunning novel of ideas that becomes a page-turning thriller... ' Stylist 'A fast-paced, ambitious, hallucinatory mystery' Publishers Weekly A dizzying, nail-biting ghost story about modern America from the bestselling author of The Impressionist Two twenty-something New Yorkers: Seth, awkward and shy, and Carter, the trust fund hipster. They have one thing in common: an obsession with music. Rising fast on the New York producing scene, they stumble across an old blues song long forgotten by history -- and everything starts to unravel. Carter is drawn far down a path that allows no return, and Seth has no choice but to follow his friend into the darkness. Electrifying, subversive and wildly original, White Tears is a ghost story and a love story, a story about lost innocence and historical guilt. This unmissable novel penetrates the heart of a nation's darkness, encountering a suppressed history of greed, envy, revenge and exploitation, and holding a mirror up to the true nature of America today.

White Tears

White Tears

Author: Hari Kunzru Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/03/2017

'Like Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch... A stunning novel of ideas that becomes a page-turning thriller... ' Stylist 'A fast-paced, ambitious, hallucinatory mystery' Publishers Weekly A dizzying, nail-biting ghost story about modern America from the bestselling author of The Impressionist Two twenty-something New Yorkers: Seth, awkward and shy, and Carter, the trust fund hipster. They have one thing in common: an obsession with music. Rising fast on the New York producing scene, they stumble across an old blues song long forgotten by history -- and everything starts to unravel. Carter is drawn far down a path that allows no return, and Seth has no choice but to follow his friend into the darkness. Electrifying, subversive and wildly original, White Tears is a ghost story and a love story, a story about lost innocence and historical guilt. This unmissable novel penetrates the heart of a nation's darkness, encountering a suppressed history of greed, envy, revenge and exploitation, and holding a mirror up to the true nature of America today.

White Tears

White Tears

Author: Hari Kunzru Format: eBook Release Date: 14/03/2017

White Tears is a ghost story, a terrifying murder mystery, a timely meditation on race, and a love letter to all the forgotten geniuses of American musicand Delta Mississippi Blues."e;An incisive meditation on race, privilege and music. Spanning decades, this novel brings alive the history of old-time blues and America's racial conscience."e;Rabeea Saleem, Chicago Review of BooksTwo twenty-something New Yorkers. Seth is awkward and shy. Carter is the glamorous heir to one of America's great fortunes. They have one thing in common: an obsession with music. Seth is desperate to reach for the future. Carter is slipping back into the past. When Seth accidentally records an unknown singer in a park, Carter sends it out over the Internet, claiming it's a long lost 1920s blues recording by a musician called Charlie Shaw. When an old collector contacts them to say that their fake record and their fake bluesman are actually real, the two young white men, accompanied by Carter's troubled sister Leonie, spiral down into the heart of the nation's darkness, encountering a suppressed history of greed, envy, revenge, and exploitation.

Ink

Ink

Author: Hari Kunzru Format: eBook Release Date: 12/05/2015

A Vintage Shorts ';Short Story Month' Original SelectionThe Wall Street businessman is about to become very wealthyserious money, you understandbut while flying from New York to Silicon Valley to officially sell his startup, he has a very damaging, very disturbing, possibly destiny-altering dream. In this new story from Hari Kunzru, the explosive, wildly inventive, stunningly ambitious author of the acclaimed novel Gods Without Men, a titan of industry mustn't forget that he was a boy once; and an English public school past can continue to haunt far after graduation. ';Ink' is a cautionary tale rebooted for the startup age. An eBook short.

Gods Without Men

Gods Without Men

Author: Hari Kunzru Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2012

Gods Without Men is Hari Kunzru's epic novel of intertwined lives and a vast expanse of American desert. In the Californian desert . . . A four-year-old boy goes missing. A British rock star goes quietly mad. An alien-worshipping cult is born. An Iraqi teenager takes part in a war game. In a remote town, near a rock formation known as The Pinnacles, lives intertwine, stories echo, and the universal search for meaning and connection continues. 'Kunzru's great American novel' Independent 'Readers speak of it in hushed tones as conveying the secrets of the universe' Newsday 'Extraordinary, smart, innovative, a revelation. Has the counterculture feel of a late-1960s US campus hit - something by Vonnegut or Pynchon or Wolfe. Genuinely interesting and exhilarating. Extremely enjoyable' Guardian 'Astonishing, mind-blowing. One of the most original novels I've read in years' Counterpunch 'One of the most socially observant and skilful novelists around. Consistently gripping and entertaining' Literary Review 'A great sprawling narrative, as vast as the canvas on which it is written' Washington Post 'Reverberates long after you finish reading it' New Yorker Hari Kunzru is the author of the novels The Impressionist, Transmission, My Revolutions and Gods Without Men, and the story collection Noise. He lives in New York.

Gods Without Men

Gods Without Men

Author: Hari Kunzru Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2012

In the Californian desert a small, autistic child goes missing. A British rock star goes quietly mad. An alien-worshipping cult is born. An Iraqi teenager takes part in a war game. In an odd, remote town, near a rock formation known as The Pinnacles, lives and experiences intertwine, stories entangle and echo, and the search for meaning, pattern and connection in a dying universe continues. 'Compulsively readable, skilfully orchestrated ...this really is Kunzru's great American novel' Independent

My Revolutions

My Revolutions

Author: Hari Kunzru Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/05/2008

It's the day before Mike Frame's fiftieth birthday and his quiet provincial life is suddenly falling apart. But perhaps it doesn't matter, because it's not his life in the first place. He has a past that his partner Miranda and step-daughter Sam know nothing about, lived under another name amidst the turbulence of the revolutionary armed struggle of the 1970s. Now Mike is seeing ghosts - a dead ex-lover and an old friend who wants to reminisce. Mike can no longer ignore the contradiction between who he is and who he once was. Which side was he on back then? And which side is he on now?

Transmission

Transmission

Author: Hari Kunzru Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2004

In a networked world, anything can change n an instant, and sometimes everything does.... 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. Lonely and nave, Arjun Mehta spends his days as a lowly assistant virus tester and pining away for his free-spirited colleague Christine. Arjun gets laid-off like so many of his Silicon Valley peers. 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. Award-winning novelist Hari Kunzru was hailed as a "e;modern-day Kipling,"e; for his bestselling debut, The Impressionist. With this exuberant follow-up, Kunzru takes an ultracontemporary turn in a stylish, playful, and wicked exploration of life at the click of a mouse.

The Impressionist

The Impressionist

Author: Hari Kunzru Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/04/2003

A sweeping, colourful adventure from the acclaimed author of White Tears Discover Hari Kunzru's smash-hit debut novel This is the extraordinary story of a child conceived in a wild monsoon night, a boy destined to be an outsider, a man with many names and no name. Born into luxury but disinherited and cast out onto the streets of Agra, Pran Nath must become a chameleon. Chasing his fortune, he will travel from the red light district of Bombay to the green lawns of England to the unmapped African wilderness. He will play many different roles -- a young prize in a brothel, the adopted son of Scottish missionaries, the impeccably educated young Englishman headed for Oxford -- in order to find the role that will finally fit. Daring and riotously inventive, The Impressionist is an odyssey of self-discovery: a tale of the many lives one man can live and of the universal search for true identity.

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