Imprint:McClelland & Stewart
Audience:General / adult
Dimensions:8.25in x 5.5 x 0.7 in | 0.61 lb
Page Count:272 pages
HOT TOPIC: Diversity and inclusion have become buzzwords, and this is a refreshing and smart take.
RELATABLE PROTAGONIST: Readers will feel a connection to Osman’s disillusionment and self-loathing.
EMERGING LITERARY TALENT: Naben is one of the best prose stylists working today, and this debut literary novel will establish him as a leading voice.
BESTSELLING AUTHOR WRITING UNDER HIS OWN NAME FOR THE FIRST TIME: As Nathan Ripley, Naben is the author of two bestselling thrillers. This is his first novel under his own name.
Advance Praise for A HERO OF OUR TIME
“Ruthnum’s language is graceful and hysterical—often in the same breath. His deft hand makes this sharp, propulsive skewering of corporate hypocrisy a rich read. ”
—Mayukh Sen, author, Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America
“Naben Ruthnum captures a side of modern employment and work culture that is so funny, so accurate and so specific—but somehow makes it feel incredibly universal. A Hero of Our Time made me laugh out loud and cringe, all while holding a mirror up to my own workplace experiences.”
—Sarah Hagi, writer
”A shot across the bow and a major literary achievement, A Hero of Our Time is the most relevant work of satire this country has produced in years. In Ruthnum’s hands, the state of political discourse and the value of the education sector has never looked so etiolated or more deserving of a life preserver."
—Jean Marc Ah-Sen, author of In the Beggarly Style of Imitation
“Savage as A Hero of Our Time is, I’m not sure it can fairly be called satire. Naben Ruthnum’s assessment of corporate culture—and the academy, contemporary religion, the politics of identity, and so much more—is withering but honest. The novel nails so much about 21st century life; what can you do but laugh?”
—Rumaan Alam, author of Leave the World Behind