July 26, 2014 · 2:45 PM
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We will be discussing the new novel Meatspace by the critically acclaimed author Nikesh Shukla .
The second novel from Costa First Novel Award shortlisted author Nikesh Shukla.
'The first and last thing I do every day is see what strangers are saying about me.'
Kitab Balasubramanyam has had a rough few months. His girlfriend left him. He got fired from the job he hated for writing a novel on company time, but the novel didn’t sell and now he’s burning through his mum’s life insurance money. His father has more success with women than he does, and his Facebook comments get more likes. Kitab is reduced to spending all of his time in his flat with his brother Aziz, coming up with ideas for novelty Tumblrs and composing amusing tweets. But now even Aziz has left him, travelling to America to find his doppelganger.
So what happens when Kitab Balasubramanyam’s only internet namesake turns up on his doorstep and insists that they are meant to be friends?
Meatspace is a hilarious and troubling analysis of what happens when our lives become nothing more than an aggregation of shared content, when our online personas are more interesting than real life. A brilliant follow-up from an acclaimed young novelist writing at the sharp edge of modern life.
**GloBooks will be reviewing the book in our blog globooks1.wordpress.com.
******** I have had to cancel the meeting reluctantly due to a stomach bug. Apologies for the late cancellation and will reschedule again. I will be reviewing the book in the coming weeks in my international fiction blog globooks1.wordpress.com.