Immortal King Rao

The Immortal King Rao

By Vauhini Vara

Finalist for the 2023 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction - One of The New York Times 100 Notable books of 2022 - One of NPR's Books We Love in 2022 - Named a Best Book of the Year by Esquire , Vox , Philadelphia Inquirer , and Literary Hub Shortlisted for the 2022 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize "A monumental achievement.


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Book Information

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date: 05/03/2022
Pages: 384
ISBN-13: 9780393541755
ISBN-10: 0393541754
Language: English

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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, written by a former Wall Street Journal technology reporter, 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.

About the Author

Vauhini Vara has been a reporter and editor for the Wall Street Journal , The New Yorker , and the New York Times Magazine , and is the prize-winning author of The Immortal King Rao.

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