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The death of Vishnu

by Suri, Manil.

Format: Print Book 2002
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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Monroeville Public Library Fiction Suri
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  Suri
Shaler North Hills Library Fiction SUR
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  SUR
Vishnu, the odd-job man in a Bombay apartment block, lies dying on the staircase landing: Around him the lives of the apartment dwellers unfold: the warring housewives on the first floor, lovesick teenagers on the second, and the widower, alone and quietly grieving on the top floor of the building. In a fevered state Vishnu looks back on his love affair with the seductive Padmim and wonders if he might actually be the god Vishnu, guardian of the entire universe. Blending incisive comedy with Hindu mythology and a dash of Bollywood sparkle, The Death of Vishnu is an intimate and compelling view of an unforgettable world.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This is a remarkable first novel, whose lyric prose is further enhanced by Lee's soft, mesmerizing reading. The story hinges on the comatose alcoholic Vishnu, who lays dying on the first floor landing of the Bombay apartment building for which he is the houseboy. Suri has fashioned Vishnu as the conduit to each and all of the book's vibrant characters and their intertwined comic, tragic and melodramatic stories. Vishnu enables listeners to move easily through the real, the mystical, the metaphoric; as he gradually slips down into death, he crawls slowly up the stairs, recalling fine and funny scenes of his youth and early manhood. Even listeners unfamiliar with India's religions and the Hindu trinity of Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the destroyer will marvel at Suri's ability to reveal the tapestry and nuances of Indian culture through the activity contained in one small apartment building, to which Lee's rich and myriad Indian accents add atmosphere and humor. Simultaneous release with the Norton hardcover (Forecasts, Nov. 6, 2000). (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Apartment houses -- Fiction.
Household employees -- Fiction.
Death -- Fiction.
Mumbai (India) -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Perennial,2002
Edition 1st Perennial ed.
Language English
Description 301 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 006000438X (pbk.) :
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