"Bursting with keen intelligence, irreverent humour and a riotous voice, Identitti delves into the knotty intersections of race and identity, authenticity and belonging, allyship and harm. Sanyal’s seamless blend of academic theory, blog posts, Twitter discourse and real-fictionalised voices pushes the possibilities of what a novel can be, offering a joyful polyphonic collaboration that captures our current reality."
—Isha Karki, winner of the Dinesh Allirajah Prize
"Provocative... surprisingly lively thanks to Sanyal’s knack for sending up academia and social media pile-ons and her canny interweaving of Hindu mythology.... A deliberately over-the-top but sensitive take on multiple touchy subjects."
"From the first page, I knew Sanyal was going to take me to filthy, funny, strange places. She didn’t disappoint. Buy the ticket and take the wild ride as Identitti tries to make sense of race, belonging and truth."
—Jarred McGinnis, author of The Coward
"A mercilessly funny search for identity that spares nothing and nobody. Anyone who has ever asked themselves who they actually are (and why), will not only be smarter after reading it -- they're also guaranteed to be in a better mood."
—Alina Bronsky, author of The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine
"A combination of campus novel, intellectual chamber play, blogosphere romp and satire in identity politics. You'll laugh out loud at least three times on each page. Mithu Sanyal has an incredible talent for showing both the effects of freedom of thought pushed to the extreme and the limits of discourse."
—Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
"Sanyal actually manages to pack the whole identity-politics debate into one story -- and in such a way that you have to laugh on almost every page."
"Sanyal portrays her characters in the labyrinth of identity politics with elegance, delicious humor and deep knowledge of the issues. A book for our times."
"What should we do with all the rage about 'cancel culture' and self-righteousness? Read it off, laugh it off."
"Furious, programmatic, sharp-tongued, shape-shifting.... If only debates about cultural identity in the arts pages were conducted with the same sense of fun and self-irony as in Identitti."
"If you want to expand your knowledge and have a lot of fun in the process -- just go read a great book, read Identitti."
—Der Spiegel online
"Stimulating, clever, pleasurable reading, an invitation -- and a very funny one at that. Sanyal's art consists in capturing the whole discourse around identity so comically, so easily, and with a touch of magical realism."
"This debut novel gets right into the current discourse on identity politics and racism. A coming-of-age campus novel in which academic theory tips over into fairy tales, while the plot cheerfully, entertainingly -- excitingly even -- strives towards its conciliatory end."
"Sanyal pokes fun at the confusion around concepts like blackface, white supremacy and race. She twists postcolonial theories and identity axioms into a discourse roller coaster, inventing a deceptively real shitstorm, combining real and fictional voices. Her novel is outrageous -- outrageously good."
"The book of the hour. Sanyal doesn't provide easy answers, but asks mind-bending questions; she plunges the reader into a maelstrom of both-and; she combines academic discourse with personal stories into a hybrid of campus novel, Bildungsroman and postmodern collage."
—Neuer Zuricher Zeitung