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Title
The city of Devi
Author
Manil Suri
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Bloomsbury
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20140313

Armed only with a pomegranate, Sarita ventures into the empty streets of
Mumbai, on the eve of its threatened nuclear annihilation. She is
looking for her physicist husband Karun, who has been missing for over a
fortnight. She is soon joined on her quest by Jaz - cocky, handsome,
Muslim, gay, and in search of his own lover. Together they traverse the
surreal landscape of a dystopia rife with absurdity, and are inexorably
drawn to the patron goddess Devi ma, the supposed saviour of the city.
Groundbreaking and multilayered, The City of Devi is a fearlessly provocative tale of three individuals balancing on the sharp edge of fate.

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Manil Suri was born in Bombay in 1959 and is a professor of mathematics
at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He has written two
novels, The Death of Vishnu and The Age of Shiva. His
fiction has been translated into twenty-seven languages, longlisted for
the Booker Prize, shortlisted for the PEN/Faulkner Award, LA Times Book Award, PEN/Hemingway Award and the W H Smith Literary Award, and has won the McKittrick Prize and the
Barnes & Noble Discover Award. He was named by Time magazine as a 'Person to Watch' in 2000. He lives in Maryland, USA.

The City of Devi combines, in a magician's feat, the thrill of Bollywood with the pull of a thriller.
Set in a city at the brink of the end, this is a fiercely imagined story of three souls haunted by a love that will change their most elemental ideas of identity.
Manil Suri's bravest and most passionate book
Kiran Desai

Consuming, passionate, and ultimately poignant story
Guardian - Nikita Lalwani

An extravagant, and warm-hearted romantic comedy ... Arranged around various trinities ... Suri's novel is written in vivid, cornucopian prose
Sunday Times

A provocative fantasy from prestigious Indian author Suri
Attitude Magazine

This vividly imagined book about personal and national destruction - and the possibilities of salvation - lingers long after the final page, showing how it is loss that teaches the value of what is most loved
Independent - Anita Sethi

The City of Devi, which will surely cement his reputation as one of the most imaginative writers of our time ... Suri creates a mesmerising novel that is impossible to put down
Yorkshire Post

Apocalyptic fables may be routine in the West, but Suri's novel of ruined Mumbai on the eve of destruction strikes a fresh note in Indian fiction ... Ancient myths and modern fears fuse with explosive results'
Independent

Suri's gods are subversive, malignant characters, exploited to inspire fear and revulsion ... This mixture of sex, mythology and global politics might seem likely to end in disaster, but Suri has reined in the strands admirably. The author is also a mathematician, and his sense of order is evident, even as his story bursts with high-octane, Bollywood-style drama
Times Literary Supplement - Chitralekha Basu

Type
BOOK
Edition
1st paperback ed
Keyword Index
Bombay (India) - Fiction.|Dystopias.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
384

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