Author(s): Deepak Unnikrishnan
In the UAE, the majority of the population consists of foreigners brought in to construct the skylines of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. This labour force works miserably without the rights of citizenship and, after enforced retirement, is required to leave. Until now, the humanitarian crisis of the so-called 'guest workers' of the Gulf has not been addressed in fiction. With his stunning, mind-altering book Temporary People Deepak Unnikrishnan delves into their histories, myths, struggles and triumphs, and illuminates the ways in which temporary status affects psyches, families, stories and more.
Deepak Unnikrishnan is a writer from Abu Dhabi and a resident of the States, who has lived in Teaneck, New Jersey, Brooklyn, New York and Chicago, Illinois. He has studied and taught at the Art Institute of Chicago and presently teaches at New York University Abu Dhabi. Temporary People, his first book, was the inaugural winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing.