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Transmission is a novel set in the media world of the nineties. Angie, a second-generation immigrant from india in her twenties, is an up-and-coming television researcher in Soho. When she meets Lol and his wife Kathi, who are both HIV-positive, she thinks she has discovered the perfect story for a timely documentary. But neither Kathi nor Angie realise how television can completely change your life, how being a subject of the medium can also mean being a victim. Through Angie?s family complexities, the death of her friend and her burgeoning relationship with Lol, this streetwise, witty novel tackles important moral dilemmas of our times and establishes Atima Srivastava as a distinctive new voice in British fiction.
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Atima Srivastava was born in Bombay in 1961 and moved to Britain with her family in 1969. After studying at Essex University, she went on to work in the film industry. Her film Dancing in the Dark was shown to critical acclaim on Channel 4. Transmission is her first book.From Publishers Weekly:
An impressive first novel from filmmaker Srivastava, this is a funny, bittersweet tale of media betrayal, female bonding, sex and HIV in post-Thatcher England. Angie, the narrator and heroine, is a promising freelance TV researcher, an Anglo-Indian daughter of intelligent but old-fashioned parents. While bar-hopping with old college friends, she stumbles on a raffishly appealing working-class type, Lol, who intrigues her both as a man and as a potential story source; he is HIV-positive and so is his estranged wife, who sounds like the perfect subject for the documentary Angie is starting work on. Angie ends up in a short-lived affair with Lol, and his wife, Kathi, is wounded by the manipulations of the filmmakers. Angie is left with a difficult choice, but comes through like a trouper, destroying her career but showing new maturity. Angie is a winning creation, believable in her attempt to balance her career needs and moral concerns, her love for Lol and her attachment to family and friends. Although the villain of the piece, an American TV producer, is two-dimensional, most of Srivastava's characters are emotionally and morally complex, with Angie's parents and uncle redeeming themselves in particularly satisfying fashion.
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Book Description Serpent's Tail, 2000. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1852422289