- Hari Kunzru
Hari Mohan Nath Kunzru (born 1969) is a British novelist and journalist,
authorof the novels "The Impressionist", "Transmission" and "My Revolutions". Of mixed English and Kashmiri Panditancestry, he grew up in Essex. He was educated at Bancroft's School, Essex. He studied English at Wadham College, Oxford, then gained an MA in Philosophyand Literaturefrom University of Warwick. His work has been translated into twenty languages. He lives in East London.
From 1995 to 1997 he worked on "Wired UK". He has worked as a travel journalist since 1998, writing for such newspapers as
The Guardianand The Daily Telegraph, was travel correspondent for Time Outmagazine, and worked as a TV presenter interviewing artists for the Sky TVelectronic arts programme "The Lounge". In 1999 he was named The Observer Young Travel Writer of the Year. From 1999-2004 he was also music editor of " Wallpaper*" magazine and since 1995 he has been a contributing editor to Mute, the culture and technology magazine. He won a Betty Trask Awardand the Somerset Maugham Awardfor "The Impressionist". "Transmission", his second novel, was published in the summer of 2004 and was named one of the New York Times's notable books of the year. In 2005 he published the short story collection "Noise" and in August 2007 Penguin Hamish Hamilton published "My Revolutions".
In 2003, Hari Kunzru was named by
Grantamagazine as one of twenty "Best of Young British Novelists". In 2005, Liremagazine named him one of the world's "50 écrivains pour demain". Although he was also awarded The John Llewellyn Rhys prizefor writers under 35, the second oldest literary prize in the UK, he turned it down on the grounds that it was backed by the Mail on Sundaywhose "hostility towards black and Asian people" he felt was unacceptable. In a statement read out on his behalf, he stated "As the child of an immigrant, I am only too aware of the poisonous effect of the Mail's editorial line.... The atmosphere of prejudice it fosters translates into violence, and I have no wish to profit from it." He further went on to recommend that the award money be donated to the charity Refugee Council (UK). He is Deputy President of English PEN.
* [http://harikunzru.com/us/ Hari Kunzru's website]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7L1o5zUWkOM Video of Hari Kunzru on Sky TV]
* [http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/blogs-shanghai/shanghai-book-club/live-bloging-with-hari-kunzru-my-revolutions/ Podcast of Hari Kunzu discussing "My Revolutions" at the Shanghai International Literary Festival]
* [http://www.bbk.ac.uk/writloud/Writers.htm#K Podcast of Hari Kunzru reading from "My Revolutions" at writLOUD, London]
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