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Publisher's Summary

From the acclaimed author of Immigrant, Montana comes a one-of-a-kind novel about memory, politics, a world of lies and the ways in which truth can be not only stranger than fiction, but a fiction of its own.

When a writer named Satya attends a prestigious artists’ retreat, he finds the pressures of the outside world won’t let up: the US president rages online, a dangerous virus envelops the globe and the 24 hour news cycle throws fuel on every fire. These Orwellian interruptions begin to crystallise into an idea for his new novel, Enemies of the People, about the lies we tell ourselves and each other. Satya scours his life for moments where truth bends towards the imagined and misinformation is mistaken as fact.

As Satya sifts through newspaper clippings, the president’s tweets, childhood memories from India and moments as an immigrant, a husband, father and teacher, Amitava Kumar’s A Time Outside This Time captures our feverish political moment with a precisely observant intelligence and an eye for the uncanny. A brilliant meditation on life in a post-truth era, this piercing audiobook captures the sentiment on all our minds, of how impossible it can feel to remember, or to imagine, a time outside of this one.

©2021 Amitava Kumar (P)2021 Penguin Randomhouse LLC

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"As Satya uncovers the 'truth of fiction,' Kumar provides a shimmering assault on the Zeitgeist." (New Yorker)

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