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In the United Arab Emirates, foreign nationals constitute over 80 percent of the population. Brou... Read More

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In the United Arab Emirates, foreign nationals constitute over 80 percent of the population. Brought in to construct and serve the towering monuments to wealth that punctuate the skylines of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, this labor force is not given the option of citizenship. 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, Deepak Unnikrishnan delves into their histories, myths, struggles, and triumphs. Combining the linguistic invention of Salman Rushdie and the satirical vision of George Saunders, Unnikrishnan presents twenty-eight linked stories, moving from construction workers who shapeshift into luggage and escape a labor camp to a woman who stitches back together the bodies of those who’ve fallen from buildings in progress, to a man who grows ideal workers designed to live twelve years and then perish—until they don’t, and found a rebel community in the desert. With this polyphony of voices, Unnikrishnan maps a new, unruly global English and gives personhood back to the anonymous workers of the Gulf. His debut marks the arrival of a major talent.

Product Details

Title: Temporary People
Author: Deepak Unnikrishnan
Publisher: Penguin Random House India
ISBN: 9780143441939
SKU: BK0034147
EAN: 9780143441939
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Reading age : All Age Groups

About Author

DEEPAK UNNIKRISHNAN is a resident of Chicago and a lecturer at the Chicago Art Institute. He has taught at New York University Abu Dhabi and was raised in the United Arab Emirates.

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