||Hari Kunzru's second novel is a satirical tale of a young man's journey from India to California, where he hopes to work as a computer programmer. Arjun Mehta arrives in California jobless but hopeful, and, though he survives (barely) a bad case of culture shock, he finally finds a job but is laid off much too. Broke and desperate, Arjun is considering returning home in disgrace, when he hits on a scheme to save himself: he injects a computer virus into the company's system, hoping to be reinstated when he comes up with a fix. But the virus (which bears the image of his adored Bollywood star Leela Zahir) gets out of control.... A New York Times Notable Book for 2004.
||Lonely, nanve, and insecure, Indian computer programmer Arjun finds his life and security destroyed when he is fired and, in order to keep his job and the woman he loves, unleashes a mischievous and destructive virus that wreaks havoc on computers around the globe. By the author of The Impressionist. Reprint.
|Editors Note 2
||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 naÃ¯ve, 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 ArjunÂ's sanity, in a rollicking cataclysm that reaches Bollywood and, not so coincidentally, the glamorous star of ArjunÂ's favorite Indian movie.