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Manil Suri

The City of Devi

Manil Suri.
Publisher Norton  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.15 inches
ISBN 9780393088755
Pages/Publication Date 384/2013
Daedalus Item Code 54636
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The author of The Age of Shiva and the PEN/Faulkner Award finalist The Death of Vishnu here gives us a dazzling epic about love and the fate of the world. Mumbai has emptied under the threat of imminent nuclear annihilation. Yet as gangs of marauding Hindu and Muslim thugs rove the desolate streets, Sarita seeks perhaps the last pomegranate in the city, convinced that the fruit holds the key to finding her husband Karun, a physicist who has been missing for more than a fortnight. Searching for his own lover in the midst of this turmoil is Jaz—cocky, handsome, and glib. Both he and Sarita are inexorably drawn to Devi ma, the patron goddess who has reputedly appeared in person to save her city.

"The best sex comedy of the year about nuclear war between India and Pakistan...Even amid the wondrous variety of contemporary Indian fiction, Suri's work stands apart, mingling comedy and death, eroticism and politics, godhood and Bollywood like no one else."—Washington Post

"During their awkward courtship, physicist Karun tells statistician Sarita about an alternative vision of the Hindu triumvirate in which Brahman is replaced with the mother goddess Devi. This trinity just so happens to match the novels in Suri's now completed trilogy: The Death of Vishnu (2001), The Age of Shiva (2008), and The City of Devi. So frenetic, concussive, and flagrantly explicit is this on-target, apocalyptic urban satire, Suri can stand as the Tom Wolfe of Mumbai. First the city is bewitched by a futuristic Bollywood extravaganza, Superdevi. Then war breaks out between Pakistan and India, the nuclear threat escalates, Hindu and Muslim vigilantes menace the populace, and Devi herself appears at a beach resort, drawing a frenzied crowd. Yet Sarita is determined to cross the perilous city-in-ruins to search for her husband. Jaz—gay, Muslim, self-mocking, impish, and resolute—is also on a risk-all quest of the heart. By daringly yoking erotic longing with terrorism in a trinitarian tale of amped-up mythology and end-of-world chaos, Suri forges an incendiary love story and provocative improvisation on India's monumental epics."—Booklist

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