The Death Of Vishnu

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From back cover. A man named Vishnu lies dying on the staircase of a Mumbai apartment building. Through the maneuvering of the buildings denizens, Manil Suri has created an intimate and intricate portrait of life in this metropolis.

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A National Bestseller "Enchanting…Suri’s novel achieves an eerie and memorable transcendence." ―TimeIn 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.

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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.

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Vishnu lies unconscious in the stairs of a building in Bombay in which he works as a doorman. Tired, drunk and poor, nobody wants to become responsible for him. As he lies dying, he drifts through increasingly vivid scenes from his past. The apartment where Vishnu spends his final hours acts as a microcosm of Indian society loaded with humor and tenderness.

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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.

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The first region was called the Plain of Life, the second the Plain of Death. The supreme and all mighty Brahma had created both plains, and had commanded the good Vishnu to rule in the Region of Life, while the wise Siva was lord in the Region of Death. "Do what ye understand to be best," said Brahma to the two rulers. Hence in the region belonging to Vishnu life moved with all its activity.

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At the opening of this masterful debut novel, Vishnu lies dying on the staircase he inhabits while his neighbors the Pathaks and the Asranis argue over who will pay for an ambulance. As the action spirals up through the floors of the apartment building we

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