The Death of Vishnu

A Novel

Manil Suri (Author)

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A National Bestseller

"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.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • June 2012
  • ISBN 978-0-393-34282-6
  • 5.6 × 8.3 in / 304 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

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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.” — Michael Gorra, New York Times Book Review

“A remarkable literary debut [that] reads like the work of a highly skilled and experienced practitioner of the writer's craft.” — Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Vivid and engrossing…A work of fiction that seems not only universal but absolutely cosmic.” — Francine Prose, Elle

“Enchanting…Masterfully created…No telling detail or private vanity escapes the author's comic yet infinitely compassionate scrutiny.” — Boston Globe

“Vibrantly alive, beautifully written, and full of wonderfully rich and deeply human characters.” — Michael Cunningham

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