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About The Book

A near future apocalyptic vision of the everyday in Mumbai, India featuring the threat of personal technology in a world of confusing religious motivations.

Idolatry, set in Mumbai in the near future, is about a novel technology, Shrine Tech, which enables everyone to worship a god of their own preference. The story follows a disaffected young actor, who is hired as a marketing rep by the company that owns the Tech. It is run by a man calling himself Mister Happy Maker. Soon, the young actor is plunged into the crucible of a society altering in strange and insane ways, in which ordinary individuals (a building society secretary, an indie film-maker, an aged priest, among others) are living their dreams, nightmarishly. Featuring cover art by Broci.

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About The Author

Aditya Sudarshan is a Mumbai-based fiction writer. His books include A Nice Quiet Holiday and Show Me A Hero. He is also the author of a number of produced plays, including The Green Room, winner of the Hindu Metroplus Playwright Award for 2011. He writes political satire for NDTV's The Great Indian Tamasha and literary criticism for The Hindu Literary Review.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Flame Tree Press (January 9, 2024)
  • Length: 272 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781787588516

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Raves and Reviews

"Poignant, fascinating, and wholly unique. Most of all, Sudarshan’s voice shines throughout. If you’re looking for a fresh take on the speculative genre with a heavy religious twist, Idolatry is the book for you!"

– Back Shelf Books

"Aditya Sudarshan has written a book that profoundly connects faith and technology."

– Southasia Review of Books

"Thought-provoking... an educational and philosophical adventure into a weird world!"

– Books By Bindu

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