Blue Ruin

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$28.00  $26.04
Knopf Publishing Group
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6.33 X 9.56 X 1.06 inches | 1.17 pounds
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About the Author
HARI KUNZRU is the author of six novels, Red Pill, White Tears, Gods Without Men, My Revolutions, Transmission, and The Impressionist. The recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy in Berlin, and the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library, he is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and writes the "Easy Chair" column for Harper's Magazine. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at New York University.
"I read everything Hari Kunzru writes, for my highest pleasure and my deepest sustenance."
--Rachel Kushner

"Kunzru brings his singular mix of dread and intrigue to his latest fiction, an intricate tale of artistic creation, greed and exploitation set in upstate New York under the specter of Covid."
--The New York Times Book Review

"A provocative portrait of a once-promising artist as a disillusioned man of a certain age."
--TIME Magazine

"[Blue Ruin] promises to be harrowing and darkly funny. Kunzru has a knack for the nightmarish present, and few things feel more nightmarish than a forced confrontation with the past in the early stages of the pandemic."
--Lit Hub, "Most Anticipated Books of 2024"

"Kunzru's [Blue Ruin] is a triumph of beauty and a true ode to the artist."
--Oprah Daily, "Most Anticipated Books of 2024"

"Kunzru takes on the excessive and rapacious tendencies of the art world in his dazzling latest . . . [Blue Ruin] is immensely satisfying."
--Publishers Weekly, starred

"A lively, ever-intensifying story of race, immigration, work, and what it means to earn a living . . . [Blue Ruin is] a darkly ironic tale of two bubbles--an art world divorced from economic reality and a Covid era that segregated us from society . . . A dark, smart, provocative tale of the perils of art making."
--Kirkus, starred

"Exquisite writing and keen insights into class tensions and creative dilemmas. Kunzru affirms that it's always a good time to live an examined life, even during a pandemic."
--Booklist, starred

"Brilliant . . . Coincidence is a dangerous narrative tool to mess around with, but Kunzru pulls it off in Blue Ruin thanks to the subtle characterizations and intricate layers with which he expands his premise. Buried resentments and jettisoned ambitions come to the fore as Kunzru explores themes of racism, opportunism and the inequities of privilege and hardship. The result is an exceptional work that finds new variations on the familiar chestnut that people aren't always what they seem."
--BookPage, starred