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Red Pill

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Red Pill by Hari Kunzru
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Sep 01, 2020 | ISBN 9780451493712

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“An absorbing parable of contemporary paranoia . . . Mr. Kunzru has always paired his sharp, elegant prose with visions of pandemonium . . . Current events, he suggests, illustrate the madness of the world more effectively than any literary device.” 
—Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal 

“Kunzru finds the humor and humanity in it all, but even as the story spirals into well-earned hysteria, he never downplays the severity of the mental derangement unfolding on both sides of the aisle in a post-truth era, nor the ways each can intersect in the realm of conspiracy.” 
—Randall Colburn, The A.V. Club 
“Hari Kunzru’s new book Red Pill is the Gen X Midlife-Crisis Novel in its purest form . . . A funny and suspenseful novel, dense with ideas, deliciously plotted, and generous with its satirical acid.” 
—Christian Lorentzen, Bookforum 

“Deeply intelligent and artfully constructed . . . Kunzru devotes a lengthy — and riveting — section of the book to Monika’s story, vividly evoking the scruffy flats and sordid betrayals of East Berlin in the mid-1980s . . . For some writers, the gently comic potential of [Red Pill’s] set-up would be enough. But Kunzru is too ambitious to be satisfied by academic farce.”
 —Jonathan Derbyshire, Financial Times

“Razor-sharp . . . as an allegory about how well-meaning liberals have been blindsided by pseudo-intellectual bigots with substantial platforms, it’s bleak but compelling . . . ‘Kafkaesque’ is an overused term, but it’s an apt one for this dark tale of fear and injustice.”
Kirkus (starred)

“Dazzling . . . Kunzru has created a complex, challenging, and bold story about a world gone amok. . .” 
Booklist (starred)

“Powerful . . . Kunzru does an excellent job of layering the atmosphere with fear and disquietude at every turning point. This nightmarish allegory leaves the reader with much to chew on about literature’s role in the battleground of ideas.”
Publishers Weekly

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