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Amnesty

Amnesty

Author(s): Aravind Adiga

Location(s): Sydney

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Contemporary

Danny–formerly Dhananjaya Rajaratnam–is an illegal immigrant in Sydney, Australia who fled from Sri Lanka and was denied refugee status.

Working as a cleaner, living out of a grocery storeroom, for three years he’s been trying to create a new, normal life for himself. And now, with his beloved vegan girlfriend, Sonja, his hidden accent and highlights in his hair, he is as close as he has ever come.

But then one morning, he learns a woman has been murdered. This woman was a client of Danny’s. The deed was done with a knife, at a creek he’d been to with her before, and a jacket was left at the scene which he believes belongs to another of his clients–a doctor with whom Danny knows the woman was having an affair.

Suddenly Danny is forced with a choice: Come forward with his information about the crime and risk being deported? Or say nothing, and let justice go undone? Over the course of this day, contending every moment with the weight of his past, his dreams for the future, and the unpredictable, often absurd reality of living invisibly and undocumented in the city of light, he must wrestle with his conscience and decide if a person without rights still has responsibilities.

Propelling, insightful, and full of Aravind Adiga’s signature wit and magic, Amnesty is both a timeless moral struggle and a story with unique cultural significance today.

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