Blue Ruin (Hardback)
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Blue Ruin (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages
Published: 14/05/2024
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From the author of Red Pill comes a blistering depiction of art, love and the legacy of the pandemic, as a former artist recovers from Covid at the house of an old flame.

From one of the sharpest voices in fiction today, a profound and enthralling novel about beauty, power, and capital's influence on art and those who devote their lives to creating it.

Once, Jay was an artist. Shortly after graduating from his London art school, he was tipped for greatness, a promising career already taking shape before him. Now, undocumented in the United States, he lives out of his car and makes a living as an essential worker, delivering groceries in a wealthy area of upstate New York. The pandemic is still at its height-the greater public panicked in quarantine-and though he has returned to work, Jay hasn't recovered from the effects of a recent Covid case.

When Jay arrives at a house set in an enormous acreage of woodland, he finds the last person he ever expected to see again: Alice, a former lover from his art school days. Their relationship was tumultuous and destructive, ultimately ending when she ghosted him and left for America with his best friend and fellow artist, Rob. In the twenty years since, their fortunes could not be more different: as Jay teeters on the edge of collapse, Alice and Rob have found prosperity in a life surrounded by beauty. Ashamed, Jay hopes she won't recognize him behind his dirty surgical mask; when she does, she invites him to recover on the property--where an erratic gallery owner and his girlfriend are isolating as well-setting a reckoning decades in the making into motion.

Gripping and brilliantly orchestrated, Blue Ruin moves back and forth through time to deliver an extraordinary portrait of an artist as he reunites with his past and confronts the world he once loved and left behind.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN: 9781398528918
Number of pages: 272
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 24 mm

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“Pandemics and Performance Art”

This is my fifth Hari Kunzru novel – I have read four of his previous six novels: “The Impressionist”, “Transmission”, and his latest two “White Tears” and “Red Pill” (note despite the titles I do not in any sense see... More

Hardback edition
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Katy Wheatley

“A Small But Beautifully Formed Pandemic Masterpiece”

A blisteringly atmospheric novel set in the midst of the pandemic. Jay is an artist who, after a disastrous love affair and a subsequent search for meaning in the art world, has dropped through the cracks of his life.... More

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“A memorable reworking of the ‘tortured artist’ trope.”

Can fiction successfully re-create another artistic discipline or are well worn stereotypes the only option available?
Three novels I have recently read with artists as protagonists have demonstrated that the... More

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