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The Best of the Book Nook: 'The Impressionist' by Hari Kunzru

"The Impressionist" by Hari Kunzru

A debut novel that got a lot of attention.

(Original recording made in 2002)

When Hari Kunzru appeared on the program 21 years ago to discuss his first novel "The Impressionist" he was riding a wave of buzz, the author had received an advance of one million pounds from his publisher. The book lived up to all the hype and he has written a number of novels since.

Kunzru has never shied away from making bold political statements. When he was to be awarded a prestigious literary prize sponsored by a British newspaper he declined it. Here's more on that from his Wikipedia page: "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."

This was the author's sole appearance on the program.

The Book Nook on WYSO is presented by the Greene County Public Library with additional support from Washington-Centerville Public LibraryClark County Public LibraryDayton Metro LibraryWright Memorial Public Library, and Tipp City Public.

Vick Mickunas introduced the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1500 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Listen to the Book Nook with Vick Mickunas for intimate conversations about books with the writers who create them. Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.