|Author: Hari Kunzru|
|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. *Author: Kunzru, Hari *Publication Date: 2005/01/25 *Number of Pages: 276 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00|
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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.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.
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.
"You don't have to read too much of Hari Kunzru's second novel before you realise you are in safe hands: a slick aphoristic joke; a neat turn of phrase; a truth that makes you laugh. TRANSMISSION is essentially a comic novel....[A] thoroughly engrossing entertainment...." - Samuel Leith June 2004 Times Literary Supplement
"[Kunzru's] sly wit...makes TRANSMISSION a challenging, sophisticated and enjoyable fiction. It will be more than usually interesting to see what Hari Kunzru does next." - Sophie Ratcliffe 06/04/2004 New Yorker
"Kunzru flits dexterously between Guy's bullish hubris and Arjun's desperate toils, creating a sharp snapshot of a heady time....Kunzru's engagingly wired prose and agile plotting sweep all before them, as the characters career toward ruin." 06/28/2004