Tanuja Ramachandran: Hunter-Seeker


This has to be the first novel about a narcoleptic Indo-Canadian mercenary with a sari and sexy midriff who wreaks vengeance upon a superhuman roller derby team—the remnants of Muammar Gaddafi's former Revolutionary Nuns no less, now more ruthless and hirsute than ever—and the savage Monkey Man of New Delhi, and anyone else foolish enough to get in her way. Set mostly in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where the Canadian prime minister is due to be assassinated, and at a time when even the seemingly innocuous Smell-O-Vision theater, the feeble homeless, and an innocent squirrel can be turned into instruments of death, Tanuja Ramachandran: Hunter-Seeker (2019), by Canadian author, manga translator, and comic book writer Kumar Sivasubramanian, is one of the most bizarre, most unsettling, and most hilarious novels I've read in quite a while.

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