Immortal King Rao

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"A fully imagined world: propulsive prophetic dizzying" - Jeet Thayil author of Names of the Women

"An astonishing debut. An amazing imagination" - Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni author of The Last Queen

"A masterwork-a book that is three great novels in one" - Karan Mahajan author of The Association of Small Bombs

In an Indian village in the 1950s a precocious child is born into a family of Dalit coconut farmers. King Rao will grow up to be the most accomplished tech CEO in the world and eventually the leader of a global corporate-led government.

In a future in which the world is run by the Board of Corporations King's daughter Athena reckons with his legacy-literally for he has given her access to his memories among other questionable gifts.

With climate change raging Athena has come to believe that saving the planet and its Shareholders will require a radical act of communion - and so she sets out to tell the truth to the world's Shareholders in entrancing sensory detail about King's childhood on a South Indian coconut plantation; his migration to the U.S. to study engineering in a world transformed by globalization; his marriage to the ambitious artist with whom he changed the world; and ultimately his invention under self-exile of the most ambitious creation of his life - Athena herself.

The Immortal King Rao is a resonant debut novel obliterating the boundaries between literary and speculative fiction the historic and the dystopian confronting how we arrived at the age of technological capitalism and where our actions might take us next.

Vara Vauhini
Hard Cover

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