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Portrait of an artistic provocateur: Blue Ruin, by Hari Kunzru, reviewed

A once fashionable YBA now scraping a living in America meets old friends by chance, prompting a deep dive into memory

6 July 2024

9:00 AM

6 July 2024

9:00 AM

Blue Ruin Hari Kunzru

Scribner, pp.257, 20

Whatever happened to the likely lads and lasses of the East London art scene at the high noon of Cool Britannia? Hari Kunzru’s seventh novel, Blue Ruin, loads much else on to its ideas-rich plate – not least a pandemic yarn set in the panic-stricken spring of 2020. At its core, however, his plot traces contrasting afterlives from the Sensation generation.

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