No book by Timothy Mo is quite like any other, but they are all brilliant. Sour Sweet and The Monkey King diagnose family dysfunction in London and Hong Kong respectively; An Insular Possession is an exquisite satire on the relationship between journalism and imperialism, and Brownout on Breadfruit Boulevard deftly extends the farce to academe.
But "Redundancy" is Mo's masterpiece, a blackly ironic dramatisation of the invasion of East Timor by Indonesia in 1975. The theme is complicity, and the inexorable fate through which Mo's gay, Chinese outsider-narrator becomes implicated in the crimes of *all* his oppressors, will break your heart.
I can't praise this book highly enough. I date my adult life from the day I read it.