“Gautam Malkani, the man behind one of the seminal books on the British Asian experience, does something original and important once again, this time on the crucial issue of young carers. Distortion is essential reading.”
– Sathnam Sanghera, author of The Boy with the Topknot
6th September 2018 | Hardback £18.99
The new novel from the author of the critically acclaimed Londonstani
“Beguiling, addictive and emotive… Distortion shines a light onto our increasingly fractured lives and in doing so, makes clear the ongoing tensions and contradictions between the care we must give to ourselves and others over our desire for freedom in the digital world.”
– Niven Govinden, author of All the Days and Nights
“A taut and timely return for Gautam Malkani, Distortion is a brilliant exploration of social media,
code-switching and toxic masculinity.” – Nikesh Shukla, editor of The Good Immigrant
Meet Dillon, a high-functioning fuck-up who has been keeping some very big secrets from his girlfriend Ramona.
Also, meet Dhilan, a young carer caught in an endless loop of pre-bereavement bereavement for his dying mother.
And then there’s Dylan. The less said about him the better…
These three identities of the same young man have been growing dangerously more hardcore and hardwired, both online and off, thanks to the self-reinforcing effects of social media and search engines, and the uncanny predictive capabilities of his smartphones.
When two creepy old dudes threaten to expose Dillon/Dhilan/Dylan, he is forced to unravel a gut-wrenching mystery that he would rather leave well alone.
Set in a strange greyscape between the digital world and the messy realm of the body, Distortion asks timely questions about what happens when our online data and search histories are crunched up and fed back to us – when they don’t just filter our view of the world, but also our view of ourselves. How can we navigate the tension between emotional truth and factual accuracy? What can we do to neutralise our own toxicity? And what happens in the world of flesh and blood when the roles of parent and child become tragically reversed?
Praise for Londonstani:
“Gripping” – Guardian
“A bold debut, brimming with energy and authenticity” – Observer
“Sharp, clever and convincing” – Independent
“Artful, thought-provoking and strikingly inventive. An impressive, in some respects brilliant, first novel.”
– Los Angeles Times
About Gautam Malkani:
Gautam Malkani’s first novel Londonstani was published in 2006. He lives in London and is available for interview, features and events.
My review will be up as soon as I can. I’ve just been swamped with work and expecting my partner to give birth anytime soon.