28 May 2024, 19:00

Hari Kunzru on Blue Ruin

Join us for an evening with the brilliant Hari Kunzru as he discusses Blue Ruin, his enthralling novel about beauty, power, and capital's influence on art and those who devote their lives to creating it. In conversation with Adam Biles.

Free & open to all. Places limited. Arrive early to avoid disappointment.

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From one of the sharpest voices in fiction today.

Once, Jay was an artist. Shortly after graduating from his London art school, he was tipped for greatness, a promising career already taking shape before him. Now, undocumented in the United States, he lives out of his car and makes a living as an essential worker, delivering groceries in a wealthy area of upstate New York. The pandemic is still at its height--the greater public panicked in quarantine--and though he has returned to work, Jay hasn't recovered from the effects of a recent Covid case.

When Jay arrives at a house set in an enormous acreage of woodland, he finds the last person he ever expected to see again: Alice, a former lover from his art school days. Their relationship was tumultuous and destructive, ultimately ending when she ghosted him and left for America with his best friend and fellow artist, Rob. In the twenty years since, their fortunes could not be more different: as Jay teeters on the edge of collapse, Alice and Rob have found prosperity in a life surrounded by beauty. Ashamed, Jay hopes she won't recognize him behind his dirty surgical mask; when she does, she invites him to recover on the property--where an erratic gallery owner and his girlfriend are isolating as well--setting a reckoning decades in the making into motion.

Gripping and brilliantly orchestrated, Blue Ruin moves back and forth through time to deliver an extraordinary portrait of an artist as he reunites with his past and confronts the world he once loved and left behind.

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Hari Kunzru is the author of six previous novels: The Impressionist (2002), Transmission (2004), My Revolutions (2007), Gods Without Men (2011), White Tears (2017) and Red Pill (2020). His work has been translated into twenty-one languages, and his short stories and journalism have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, the Guardian, and The New Yorker. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Public Library, and the American Academy in Berlin. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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“Shakespeare is the happy hunting ground of all minds that have lost their balance.”
JAMES JOYCE, ULYSSES

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