The City of Devi by Manil Suri
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The City Of Devi means to use all this danger to give Jaz and Sarita’s escape a sense of urgency, but it’s more satisfying just to watch this carefully crafted world burn down.
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From the author of The Death of Vishnu, "a big, pyrotechnic…ambitious…ingenious" (Wall Street Journal) novel.


Mumbai has emptied under the threat of imminent nuclear annihilation; gangs of marauding Hindu and Muslim thugs rove the desolate streets; yet Sarita can think of only one thing: buying the last pomegranate that remains in perhaps the entire city. She is convinced that the fruit holds the key to reuniting her with her physicist husband, Karun, who has been mysteriously missing for more than a fortnight.

Searching for his own lover in the midst of this turmoil is Jaz—cocky, handsome, and glib. "The Jazter," as he calls himself, is Muslim, but his true religion has steadfastly been sex with men. Dodging danger at every step, both he and Sarita are inexorably drawn to Devi ma, the patron goddess who has reputedly appeared in person to save her city. What they find will alter their lives more fundamentally than any apocalypse to come.


A wickedly comedic and fearlessly provocative portrayal of individuals balancing on the sharp edge of fate, The City of Devi brilliantly upends assumptions of politics, religion, and sex, and offers a terrifying yet exuberant glimpse of the end of the world.

 

About Manil Suri

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Manil Suri is the best-selling author of The Death of Vishnu, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and The Age of Shiva. A native of Mumbai, he is a professor of mathematics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
 
Published February 4, 2013 by W. W. Norton & Company. 395 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction
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Reviewed by Adam Mars-Jones on Apr 06 2013

The thriller aspect has been well plotted, but its horrific aspects must be downplayed if the romantic triangle is to remain the focus.

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Reviewed by Nikita Lalwani on Mar 21 2013

...The City of Devi is not subsumed by anger or the horrors that it describes. Instead, there is always room for exuberance and slapstick as this consuming, passionate, and ultimately poignant story hurtles to its conclusion.

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Above average
Reviewed by Ellen Wernecke on Apr 22 2013

The City Of Devi means to use all this danger to give Jaz and Sarita’s escape a sense of urgency, but it’s more satisfying just to watch this carefully crafted world burn down.

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