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My Revolutions

by Hari Kunzru

My Revolutions by Hari Kunzru
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2008
    288 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Chris Carver is living a lie. His wife, their teenage daughter, and everyone in their circle know him as Michael Frame, suburban dad. They have no idea that as a radical student in the sixties he briefly became a terrorist—protesting the Vietnam War by setting bombs around London. And then one day a ghost from his past turns up on his doorstep, forcing Chris on the run.

As Chris flees, he remembers his days as an isolated youth, hopelessly in love with Anna Addison, following her as she threw aside conventionality. Chris’s rival for Anna’s affections, the charismatic Sean Ward, was the leader of the radical August 14th Group. Egging one another on, the three inched closer and closer to the edge, until the events of one horrifying night forced them apart, never to see one another again.

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"Political fiction sometimes works best when it is less greedy for history, like Alan Hollinghurst's The Line Of Beauty and David Peace's GB84, with their teeming microscope slides of Thatcherite and anti-Thatcherite life at a particular stage of the 80s. And sometimes it works best when the story and its moral are kept slightly opaque, as in Joan Didion's poker-faced and whispering political novels, rather than crisply spelled out, as they tend to be here." - The Guardian.

"This is a beautifully constructed piece of storytelling. Kunzru seamlessly switches back and forth between two parallel narratives - the first of Carver's radical past, the second of his increasingly desperate attempts to prevent it catching up with him - ratcheting up the tension in taut, hard-edged prose." - The Telegraph.

"Kunzru's most accomplished work so far: the sound of an important novelist in the first bloom of maturity." - The Independent.

"Kunzru shifts between these narratives with considerable technical skill, but overall My Revolutions gives the unfortunate impression of a talented writer who has lost his bearings and lost sight of why he is telling this particular story." - The Times.

"The straightforward skill with which Kunzru conjures the London world in which Chris Carver came of age is in this sense both the book's strength and weakness. Everyone in Notting Hill is in a Solidarity Front or a Liberation Caucus, 'fancy names ... [for] young men who gave out leaflets outside the tube station and faced down the local mods'. But although there is quiet comedy in some of this, Frame - and apparently the author - is overly keen to present it as the moment when the class war was lost, when Britain began its love affair with bread and circuses." - The Observer.

"Starred Review. Kunzru creates a graphic and realistic portrait of the 1960s and beyond. Exciting, dramatic, and enthralling; recommended for all collections." - Library Journal.

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Hari Kunzru Author Biography

Hari Kunzru is the author of the novels The Impressionist (2002), Transmission (2004), My Revolutions (2007) and Gods Without Men (2011) as well as the novella Memory Palace (2013) and a short story collection, Noise (2006). His work has been translated into twenty-one languages and won him prizes including the Somerset Maugham award, the Betty Trask prize of the Society of Authors and a British Book Award. In 2003 Granta named him one of its twenty best young British novelists. Lire magazine named him one of its 50 "écrivains pour demain". He is a past Deputy President of English PEN, a patron of the Refugee Council and a member of the editorial board of Mute magazine. His short stories and journalism have appeared in diverse publications including The New York Times, Guardian, New ...

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Hari Kunzru: HAR-ee KUNE-zroo

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