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 quietly grieving widower on the top floor of the building. In a fevered state Vishnu looks back on his love affair with the seductive Padmini 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.
"The reader is swept away by Suri's fresh, witty observations and tender comic moments."
"[A] literary accomplishment… eloquent, refined and tasteful.
-Washington Post Book World
"Deft and confident ."
-New York Times Book Review
“Enchanting…Masterfully created…No telling detail or private vanity escapes the author’s comic yet infinitely compassionate scrutiny.”
"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."
"[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
“A delightful and rich first novel…lyrical.”
-Wall Street Journal