Temporary people

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Brooklyn, NY : Restless Books, 2017.


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Central - Adult FictionF UNNIKChecked OutOctober 5, 2021


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251 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
9781632061423, 1632061422


In 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 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, 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. -- from Amazon.

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Unnikrishnan, D. (2017). Temporary people . Restless Books.

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Unnikrishnan, Deepak. 2017. Temporary People. Brooklyn, NY: Restless Books.

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Unnikrishnan, Deepak. Temporary People Brooklyn, NY: Restless Books, 2017.

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Unnikrishnan, Deepak. Temporary People Restless Books, 2017.

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