By Hari Kunzru
(Plume, Paperback, 9780452286511, 288pp.)
Publication Date: January 25, 2005
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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.
Hari Kunzru, author of the award-winning and bestselling novel The Impressionist, was named as one of Granta’s “20 Best Fiction Writers Under 40.” The Impressionist was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist; was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, the Whitbread First Novel Award, and a British Book Award; and was one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Novels of 2002. Kunzru has written for a variety of English and international publications, including The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, The London Review of Books, and Wired.
"Hari Kunzru [has] a skewering wit, wide sympathies and a gimlet eye for the killing or illuminating detail." —The Washington Post
"Kunzru’s engagingly wired prose and agile plotting sweep all before them as the characters careen toward ruin." —The New Yorker
Swiftly paced and cleverly plotted…the ride is exhilarating. —People
"With this second novel…the entertaining Mr. Kunzru makes it even clearer that he has a flair for culture clash and metamorphosis." —The New York Times
"A balance between high comedy and genuine pathos." —Time Out New York
"Kunzru…is as up-to-date as writers come, with interests in technology, pop culture and the economics of globalization. If anyone deserves a shot at breaching the literary space-time continuum and doing what logic says can’t be done, it’s Kunzru." —The New York Times Book Review