The Death of Vishnu
“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.
- June 2012
- 5.6 × 8.3 in
/ 304 pages
- Territory Rights: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.
Endorsements & Reviews
“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 review
“A 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
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