A compelling spiritual quest viewed through the color and tumult of life In a Bombay apartment block.
At the opening of this masterful debut novel, Vishnu, the resident odd-job man, lies dying on the apartment building 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 building, the dramas of the residents' lives unfold: Mr. Jalal's obsessive search for higher meaning; Vinod Taneja's longing for the wife he has lost; the comic elopement of Kavita Asrani, who fancies herself the heroine of a Hindi movie.
Suffused with Hindu mythology, this story of one apartment building becomes a metaphor for the social and religious division of contemporary India, and Vishnu's ascent of the staircase parallels the sours progress through the various stages of existence. As Vishnu closes in on the riddle of his own mortality, he begins to wonder whether he might not be the god Vishnu, guardian not only of the fate of the building and its occupants, but of the entire universe.Revue de presse :
“A delightful and rich first novel…lyrical.” (Wall Street Journal)
"Deft and confident ." (New York Times Book Review)
"The reader is swept away by Suri's fresh, witty observations and tender comic moments." (Seattle Times)
"[A] literary accomplishment… eloquent, refined and tasteful. (Washington Post Book World)
"[THE DEATH OF VISHNU] reads like the work of a highly skilled and experienced practitioner of the writer's craft." (The Los Angeles Times Book Review)
"Suri, at his best, reveals not only a collision of modern and mythic India but a commingling of them." (San Fransisco Chronicle)
"Marvelously life-embracing … THE DEATH OF VISHNU is a seamlessly constructed, quietly eloquent work of art." (Newsday)
“Enchanting…Masterfully created…No telling detail or private vanity escapes the author’s comic yet infinitely compassionate scrutiny.” (Boston Globe)
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Description du livre Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2002. Paperback. État : New. May have slight shelf wear, otherwise new and unread. Shipped from the UK within 2 business days of order being placed. N° de réf. du libraire mon0000051261
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Description du livre Perennial, 2002. Paperback. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 0747558329