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ISBN13: 9780525949329
ISBN10: 0525949321
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Awards

The Rooster 2009 Morning News Tournament of Books Nominee

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Critics have compared him to Martin Amis, Zadie Smith, Tom Wolfe, and Don DeLillo. Granta dubbed him one of the twenty best fiction writers under forty. Now Hari Kunzru delivers his finest novel yet... bringing to the angry activism of the young in the late sixties all the suspense of a spy thriller." (Lisa Appignanesi, author of Unholy Loves)

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.

Gripping, moving, provocative, and passionate, My Revolutions brings to brilliant life both the radical idealism of the sixties and the darker currents that ran beneath it, the eddies of which still shape our history today.

Review:

"It is 1998 and Michael Frame, the British narrator of Hari Kunzru's powerful third novel, 'My Revolutions,' is in a spot of trouble. His marriage is foundering, his stepdaughter doesn't understand him, somebody is using him to blackmail a high-ranking member of Parliament, and — worst of all — his wife is planning a party for his 50th birthday. Perfectly good reasons to take off in a Beemer and... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Captures the muddled idealism of the young and its easy perversion into violence... and offers some clues to a better understanding of terrorism today. It's a daringly ambitious thing for a writer to attempt, but he pulls it off for a thrilling and moving read." Daily Mail

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"An urgent and passionate piece of work... fairly afire with an anger on behalf of the world's dispossessed and powerless that is so conspicuously absent from much cozy and collusive current fiction." The Sunday Telegraph (UK)

Review:

"A sharp reminder, as sharp as tomorrow's headlines, of how the past will insist on haunting the present. Hari Kunzru writes a clear, clean, elegant prose, and his presentation of political realities is worryingly real." John Banville

Review:

"Hari Kunzru's My Revolutions is the book I'm telling people to grab. Kunzru is burning up in this novel. He spins a superb tale and his narrator's plummet down the radical rabbit-hole had me from page one." Junot Diaz, the National Book Critics Circle's Most Recommended list, winter 2008

Review:

"[A]n extraordinary autumnal depiction of a failed '60s radical....It is a measure of how respectfully Kunzru treats his characters' yearning for a more generous time that My Revolutions feels less like an elegy for their era and more like a requiem for our own." New York Times

Review:

"[An] inquiry into the metaphysics of rebellion, a novel that frames radicalism as a spiritual path." Los Angeles Times

Synopsis:

?Powerful? (The New Yorker), ?extraordinary? (The New York Times Book Review), and ?brilliant? (Entertainment Weekly)?you won?t be able to put down this new novel by the award-winning bestselling author of The Impressionist

Critics have compared him to Martin Amis, Zadie Smith, Tom Wolfe, and Don DeLillo. Granta dubbed him ?one of the twenty best fiction writers under forty.? Now Hari Kunzru delivers his best novel yet.

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 during the sixties he briefly became a terrorist? protesting the Vietnam War by setting off bombs. Until one day a ghost from his past turns up on his doorstep, forcing Chris on the run.

About the Author

Hari Kunzru is the author of The Impressionist, Transmission, and the short story collection Noise. He was named one of Granta's "Twenty Best Fiction Writers Under Forty." 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 is a contributing editor of Mute magazine and sits on the executive council of English PEN . He has written for a variety of international publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The London Review of Books, and Wired.

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Larry Robinson, February 26, 2009 (view all comments by Larry Robinson)
An incredibly well written, really interesting look at Britain in the '60s. I listened to the audio book and the performance by Simon Prebble was great.
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evebarrow, June 2, 2008 (view all comments by evebarrow)
I have a lot of good things to say about this book, but when I finished, I was thinking, "oh, he wrote this one to get on the Booker Short List."I don't know if that is a bad thing, and if Booker recognition enables/ encourages Kunzru to keep on producing novels, that is a good thing. The Chris Carter part of the book has so many vivid scenes, and they make the Michael Frame parts so lacking in comparison (except for 2 short and vivid scenes of "God" which just bring the character type to life with an incredible economy of words. The book has a lot there to spark introspection about personal activism, and about what alledged activisim looks like today (measuring our carbon footprints and shopping at Whole Foods). Read the book!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780525949329
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Kunzru, Hari
Author:
Kunzru, Hari
Publisher:
Plume
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Identity (psychology)
Subject:
England
Subject:
Suspense
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20081230
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.3 x 6.2 x 1.17 in 1.14 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 288 pages Dutton Books - English 9780525949329 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Captures the muddled idealism of the young and its easy perversion into violence... and offers some clues to a better understanding of terrorism today. It's a daringly ambitious thing for a writer to attempt, but he pulls it off for a thrilling and moving read."
"Review" by , "An urgent and passionate piece of work... fairly afire with an anger on behalf of the world's dispossessed and powerless that is so conspicuously absent from much cozy and collusive current fiction."
"Review" by , "A sharp reminder, as sharp as tomorrow's headlines, of how the past will insist on haunting the present. Hari Kunzru writes a clear, clean, elegant prose, and his presentation of political realities is worryingly real."
"Review" by , "Hari Kunzru's My Revolutions is the book I'm telling people to grab. Kunzru is burning up in this novel. He spins a superb tale and his narrator's plummet down the radical rabbit-hole had me from page one." Junot Diaz, the National Book Critics Circle's Most Recommended list
"Review" by , "[A]n extraordinary autumnal depiction of a failed '60s radical....It is a measure of how respectfully Kunzru treats his characters' yearning for a more generous time that My Revolutions feels less like an elegy for their era and more like a requiem for our own."
"Review" by , "[An] inquiry into the metaphysics of rebellion, a novel that frames radicalism as a spiritual path."
"Synopsis" by ,
?Powerful? (The New Yorker), ?extraordinary? (The New York Times Book Review), and ?brilliant? (Entertainment Weekly)?you won?t be able to put down this new novel by the award-winning bestselling author of The Impressionist

Critics have compared him to Martin Amis, Zadie Smith, Tom Wolfe, and Don DeLillo. Granta dubbed him ?one of the twenty best fiction writers under forty.? Now Hari Kunzru delivers his best novel yet.

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 during the sixties he briefly became a terrorist? protesting the Vietnam War by setting off bombs. Until one day a ghost from his past turns up on his doorstep, forcing Chris on the run.

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