Transmission

  • by Hari Kunzru
  • Narrated by Hari Kunzru
  • 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the British Book Awards, decibel Writer of the Year, 2005.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 naive, 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 "modern-day Kipling," 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.

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What the Critics Say

"Delectable...Mr. Kunzru writes with wry certitude and cinematic precision." (The New York Times)
"A sprawling, ambitious, shape-shifting novel...Kunzru proves himself a clever, sharply observant writer...much more than a brilliant satirist." (The Washington Post)

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Modern themes, modern media - yaah..

That Hitchcockian plotting exemplar has been best carried forward in recent times by the now obscure and seemingly defunct Gilles Mimouni. But, William Boyd aside, here's a fresh and interesting voice that creates a self-referential world within the pages of a fascinating read. Do those computer viruses exist? I'm sure I got caught with that....that block of flats on the Thames, that lovely, lovely, naughty, naughty actress....?? the conspiracy theory...that Scottish castle...?
Read by the author as a particular treat and with a new book in the shops currently, this new voice and style can only get better - a great first novel full of fun an intrigue with a wonderful and unique Indian/British twist.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-06-2004
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio