“A Transparent Woman”
by Hari Kunzru
from the July 6 & 13, 2020 issue of The New Yorker
While I have read anything by Hari Kunru, I certainly have seen his name come up a lot over the past several years. Some of his books have been up for awards I follow (2017’s White Tears, for example, was shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize), he has judged awards I follow (for example the 2018 Man Booker International Prize), and he writes often for magazines I follow (see his article in the July 2, 2020 issue of The New York Review of Books). “A Transparent Woman” is the first time he’s published fiction in The New Yorker. It is adapted from a chapter of his forthcoming novel Red Pill, though it looks like one that should stand alone as well.
From his interview with Deborah Treisman (I haven’t read the story yet), “A Transparent Woman” is about “a young woman unwillingly recruited as a Stasi informer in East Berlin in the early eighties.”
We have two weeks to read this story, so I hope you find the time and will share some of your thoughts here! I hope everyone has a good week!