A Hero of Our Time: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Ruthnum, Naben
Subject:  FICTION / Canadian
  FICTION / Humorous / Black Humor
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Psychological
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Published: January 2022
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in x 0.75in
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From The Publisher*A wry comic novel with an acerbic wit, A Hero of Our Time is a vicious takedown of superficial diversity initiatives and tech culture, with a beating heart of broken sincerity.

Osman Shah is a pitstop on his white colleague Olivia Robinson's quest for corporate domination at AAP, an edutech startup determined to automate higher education.
Osman, obsessed by Olivia's ability to successfully disguise ambition and self-interest as collectivist diversity politics, is bent on exposing her. Aided by his colleague turned comrade-in-arms Nena, who loathes and tolerates him in equal measure, Osman delves into Olivia's twisted past. But at every turn, he's stymied by his unfailing gift for cruel observation, which he turns with most ferocity on himself, without ever noticing what it is that stops him from connecting to anyone in his past or present. As Osman loses his grip on his family, Nena, and everything he thought was essential to his identity, he confronts an enemy who may simply be too good at her job to be defeated.
A Hero of Our Time cracks the veneer of well-intentioned race conversations in the West, dismantles cheery narratives of progress through tech and "streamlined" education, and exposes the venomous self-congratulation and devouring lust for wealth, power, and property that lurks beneath.
Biographical NoteAward-winning author and screenwriter NABEN RUTHNUM's first thriller Find You in the Dark (as Nathan Ripley) was an instant bestseller, optioned for TV by eOne and sold in the UK/ANZ, Germany, and Spain. His latest thriller, Your Life Is Mine, also an instant bestseller, was recently optioned by Markham Street Productions. Ruthnum also writes for the screen, and is the winner of the Journey Prize and a National Magazine Award for short fiction.