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Critical Praise

"The next literary lion."

——Independent on Sunday (UK)

  "A narrative with just the right blend of misadventure, humor, and humiliation… Call Kunzru a modern-day Kipling."


"Kunzru follows his hero's adventures with an eye for the savage follies of empire that even Evelyn Waugh might have envied… The Impressionist is a picaresque stitch, a deadly serious book about race and empire than can still put a reader on the floor with the exquisitely timed comic understatement of its language. Incandescent."

——San Francisco Chronicle

"Witty, engrossing… Kunzru brilliantly succeeds."

——Los Angeles Times

"Throughout The Impressionist, Kunzru proves himself a clever, sharply observant writer."

——The Washington Post Book World

"Delectable, sweeping… Audaciously playful… The Impressionist, a much wittier and zestier book than its title suggests, echoes the mischievousness of Zadie Smith's White Teeth in its satirical scope. Mr. Kunzru writes with wry certitude and cinematic precision about identity, aspiration and rootlessness, set against the backdrop of a Britannia that is pure mirage."

——Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"Kunzru's first novel combines a comedy of manners with an inventive plotline… Devilishly observant. ... Impressive."

——People magazine