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From the author of White Tears comes a breathtaking, state-of-the-world novel about one man’s struggle to defend his values and create a reality free from the shadows of the past.

From now on when you see something, you’re seeing it because I want you to see it.

When you think of something, it’ll be because I want you to think about it....

And with those words, the obsession begins.

A writer has left his family in Brooklyn for a three-month residency at the Deuter Centre in Berlin, hoping for undisturbed days devoted to artistic absorption.

When nothing goes according to plan, he finds himself holed up in his room watching Blue Lives, a violent cop show with a bleak and merciless worldview. One night at a party he meets Anton, the charismatic creator of the show, and strikes up a conversation.

It is a conversation that leads him on a journey into the heart of moral darkness. A conversation that threatens to destroy everything he holds most dear, including his own mind.

Red Pill is a novel about the alt-right, online culture, creativity, sanity and history. It tells the story of the 21st century through the prism of the centuries that preceded it, showing how the darkest chapters of our past haunt our present. More than anything, though, this is a novel about love and how it can endure in a world where everything else seems to have lost all meaning.

©2020 Hari Kunzru (P)2020 Simon & Schuster UK

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"The book I wish I’d written? Whatever Hari Kunzru is publishing next." (Aravind Adiga)

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  • 12-16-20

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Interesting book. I bought it after having it recommended by a friend. I was interested in the description and the exploration of the growth of the alt right in recent years. This aspect of the book actually ended up fascinating me much less than the author’s account of a person’s declining mental health. I found the descriptions, details and the impact realistic, compelling and ultimately quite sad.
The performance is interesting, it feels less like an audio book and more like a podcast interview (minus the interviewer). The narrative lends it a really personal perspective. The main character forced you to walk a line between irritation at him being irritatingly neurotic and overthinking the most simple of concepts and feelings of empathy as he unravels as a result of this.
I don’t think the book would necessarily be one I’d recommend to everyone but ultimately I really enjoyed it

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