The Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri
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“Enchanting. . . . Suri’s novel achieves an eerie and memorable transcendence.”—Time

In Manil Suri’s debut novel, Vishnu, the odd-job man, lies dying on the staircase of an apartment building while around him unfold the lives of its inhabitants: warring housewives, lovesick teenagers, a grieving widower. In a fevered state, Vishnu looks back on his love affair with the seductive Padmini and wonders if he might actually be the god Vishnu, guardian of the entire universe.
 

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 June 28, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, War. Fiction

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Meanwhile, Vishnu’s disorderly dreams revisit his chaotic past (notably his obsession with Padmini, a dictatorial prostitute with expensive tastes), and extend to a delirium presumably derived from half-overheard conversations: he decides he has become the god Vishnu.

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The Death of Vishnu Manil Suri Bloomsbury £16.99, pp256 Buy it at a discount at BOL Manil Suri's old-fashioned episodic novel of Bombay life could hardly be more different from Finnegans Wake, but the two books do share a device.

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Interspersed are Vishnu's lyrically rendered thoughts as his soul leaves his body and begins a slow ascent of the apartment stairs, rising through the stages of existence as he relives memories of his gentle mother and his passion for the prostitute Padmina.

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Audio Reviews reflect PW's assessment of the audio adaptation of a book and should be quoted only in reference to the audio version.THE DEATH OF VISHNUManil Suri, read by John Lee.

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It is the men who sit around pondering the spiritual fate of themselves and their nation --- they are living for the hereafter while the women are living for the present.

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A- Originally posted Feb 09, 2001 Published in issue #581 Feb 09, 2001 Order article reprints

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