Temporary People

Temporary People Author Deepak Unnikrishnan
ISBN-10 1632061422
ISBN-13 9781632061423
Year 2017-03-14
Pages 272
Language English
Publisher Restless Books
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Winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing Guest workers of the United Arab Emirates embody multiple worlds and identities and long for home in a fantastical debut work of fiction winner of the inaugural Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing The author s crisp imaginative prose packs a punch and his whimsical depiction of characters who oscillate between two lands on either side of the Arabian Sea unspools the kind of immigrant narratives that are rarely told An enchanting unparalleled anthem of displacement and repatriation Kirkus Reviews starred reviewIn the United Arab Emirates foreign nationals constitute over 80 percent of the population Brought in to construct the towering monuments to wealth that punctuate the skylines of Abu Dhabi and Dubai this labor force works without the rights of citizenship endures miserable living conditions and is ultimately forced to leave the country Until now the humanitarian crisis of the so called guest workers of the Gulf has barely been addressed in fiction With his stunning mind altering debut novel Temporary People Deepak Unnikrishnan delves into their histories myths struggles and triumphs Combining the irrepressible linguistic invention of Salman Rushdie and the satirical vision of George Saunders Unnikrishnan presents twenty eight linked stories that careen from construction workers who shapeshift into luggage and escape a labor camp to a woman who stitches back together the bodies of those whove fallen from buildings in progress to a man who grows ideal workers designed to live twelve years and then perishuntil they dont and found a rebel community in the desert With this polyphony Unnikrishnan brilliantly maps a new unruly global English Giving substance and identity to the anonymous workers of the Gulf he highlights the disturbing ways in which progress on a global scale is bound up with dehumanization

Temporary People

Temporary People Author Deepak Unnikrishnan
ISBN-10 9781632061447
Release 2017-03-14
Pages 256

Temporary People

Temporary People Author Deepak Unnikrishnan
ISBN-10 1632061422
Release 2017-03-14
Pages 240

Temporary People

Temporary People Author Steven Gillis
ISBN-10 9781480426047
Release 2013-06-01
Pages 203