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The Temple-goers

by Aatish Taseer

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Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2010.


Novels set in modern day India are very much in vogue at the moment but what makes this one stand out is the assured and accomplished writing and this is reflected in the fact it was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award recently. The Temple-goers introduces us to a sensational new storytelling talent - and a shocking new side of Indian society. An author to watch out for.


It tells the story of two young men from very different sides of the tracks: one cast adrift in a world of fashion parties, media moguls and designer labels, the other who reveals to him the city's hidden and squalid underbelly. But when a body is found floating in the canal and one of them is accused of the murder, some deeply unsettling truths begin to emerge, exposing their friendship and the dark and troubled heart of the city in which they live...

The Temple-goers Synopsis

A young man returns home to Delhi after several years abroad and resumes his place among the city's cosmopolitan elite. He meets Aakash, a charismatic and unpredictable young man on the make, who introduces him to the squalid underside of this sprawling city. Together they get drunk and work out, visit temples and a prostitute, and our narrator finds himself disturbingly attracted to Aakash's world. Then Aakash is arrested for murder, and the two of them are suddenly swept up in a politically sensitive investigation that exposes the true corruption at the heart of this new and ruthless society. In a voice that is both cruel and tender, The Temple-goers brings to life the dazzling story of a city quietly burning with rage. A brilliant and compelling read from Aatish Taseer.

The Temple-goers Press Reviews

'A gripping tangle of politics, murder, bribery and betrayal' Observer


'A young writer to watch' -- V. S. Naipaul


'Naipaul's praise is rare enough to be notable; and Taseer lives up to it. Among the sharpest and best-written fictions about contemporary India' Independent


'A coolly accomplished, pulsating account of modern-day Delhi' Guardian


'Scathingly comic, disquieting, ironical. Vicious fun' Spectator


'Part thriller, part investigation of male friendship, part exploration of the tension between traditional values and modern liberalism in Indian society. Assured, engaging, highly readable' Sunday Times


'A subtle, cleverly observed comedy of manners that turns into an altogether edgier and more sinister narrative' Literary Review


'A brooding tale ... desire, greed and murder all feature' Daily Mail

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ISBN: 9780141045696
Publication date: 31/03/2011
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780670918508
Publication date: 04/03/2010
Publisher: Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141045696
Publication date: 31st March 2011
Author: Aatish Taseer
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Genres: Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Aatish Taseer

Aatish Taseer was born in Delhi in 1980. He has worked as reporter for Time Magazine and has written for the Sunday Times, Prospect and India Today. He has also written a travel memoir, Stranger to History: a Son's Journey through Islamic Lands (2009) and a highly acclaimed translation Manto: Selected Stories (2008). He lives in Delhi and London.

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