Death of Vishnu A Novel

ISBN-10: 0393342824
ISBN-13: 9780393342826
Edition: N/A
Authors: Manil Suri
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $14.95
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/18/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

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.A deft and confident first novel . . . the finely burnished plots, the oblique irony and understated prose; above all, the sense of equipoise. All this The Death of Vishnu has, and more.—New York Times Book Review, front-page reviewA finely observed comedy of manners that evolves into searing tragedy, rendered in a tone of wry detachment that paradoxically illuminates its characters’ essential humanity . . . that rare storytelling feat, an evocation of the tragic consequences of comedy.—Los Angeles Times Book Review

Manil Suri was born in Bombay. He is a mathematics professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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