The Death of Vishnu

The Death of Vishnu

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Author: Manil Suri
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Year: 2001
Language: English
Pages: 329
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0747557616


Blending acutely observed social detail with a dash of Bollywood sparkle, this widely acclaimed work, now available in paperback edition, is a breathtaking debut. Manil Suri has created an intimate and intricate portrait of life in Mumbai metropolis.

Vishnu, the odd-job man in a Mumbai apartment block, lies dying on the staircase landing. In his fevered state, he looks back on his love affair with the seductive Padmini while all around him is played out the drama of the apartment-block dwellers: Mrs Pathak and Mrs Asrani's ferocious bickering over their shared kitchen; Vinod Taneja obsessively playing his dead wife's favorite album; Mr Jalal dreaming of a path to enlightenment while his son Salim plots a film-style elopement with the daughter of the Asranis downstairs.

Then to ignite this mix of social and religious differences comes Mr Jalal's pronouncement that Vishnu is no ordinary man …


Vibrantly alive, beautifully written, full of wonderfully rich and deeply human characters . . Brings to mind Flaubert and Flannery O'Connor - Michael Cunningham