Amnesty

Aravind Adiga

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20 February 2020
9789389109566
Synopsis

A mesmerising, breakneck quest of a novel' Andrew McMillan

'Adiga's smart, funny, and timely tale with a crime spin of an undocumented immigrant will catalyze readers' Booklist

'A taut, thriller-like novel . . . A well-crafted tale of entrapment, alert to the risk of exploitation that follows immigrants in a new country' Kirkus, starred review

'Engrossing . . . vivid . . . Adiga’s enthralling depiction of one immigrant’s tough situation humanizes a complex and controversial global dilemma' Publishers Weekly

'Adiga is one of the great observers of power and its deformities... Telling the tale of Danny’s immigration along the story of one tense day, he has built a forceful, urgent thriller for our times' John Freeman, Lit Hub

Danny – Dhananjaya Rajaratnam – is an illegal immigrant in Sydney, denied refugee status after he has fled from his native Sri Lanka. Working as a cleaner, living out of a grocery storeroom, for three years he’s been trying to create a new identity for himself. And now, with his beloved vegan girlfriend, Sonja, with his hidden accent and highlights in his hair, he is as close as he has ever come to living a normal Australian life.

But then one morning, Danny learns a female client of his has been murdered. When Danny recognizes a jacket left at the murder scene, he believes it belongs to another of his clients ? a doctor with whom he knows the woman was having an affair. Suddenly Danny is confronted with a choice: come forward with his knowledge about the crime and risk being deported, or say nothing, and let justice go undone? Over the course of a single day, evaluating the weight of his past, his dreams for the future, and the unpredictable, often absurd reality of living invisibly and undocumented, he must wrestle with his conscience and decide if a person without rights still has responsibilities.

Propulsive, insightful, and full of Aravind Adiga’s signature wit and magic, Amnesty is both a timeless moral struggle and a universal story with particular urgency today.