The Death of Vishnu

The Death of Vishnu

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Baker & Taylor
In a novel that incorporates elements of Hindu mythology, an apartment building becomes a metaphor for the divisions and cultural clashes of modern India.

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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.



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& Taylor

In a stirring new novel that incorporates elements of Hindu mythology, a Bombay apartment building becomes a metaphor for the divisions and cultural clashes of modern India, as Vishnu, the resident handyman, lies dying on the staircase while his neighbors argue over who will pay for an ambulance. A first novel. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Perennial, 2002
Edition: First Perennial edition
ISBN: 9780060004385
006000438X
Branch Call Number: FIC Suri, M 2002
Characteristics: 301 pages ; 21 cm

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Dec 30, 2016

Captivating descriptions and tale. Suri is a master of plot and intertwinings of characters.

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frustranisi
Apr 20, 2015

This book gave me good insights into the many layers of Indian culture. Because of my prior vague notions of Indian society and the multiple characters, it was difficult for me to finish reading the book - but well worth the effort.

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