The Death of Vishnu (Paperback)

By Manil Suri

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393342826, 299pp.

Publication Date: June 18, 2012



In Manil Suri's debut novel, Vishnu, the odd-job man, lies dying on the staircase of an apartment building while around him unfold the lives of its inhabitants: warring housewives, lovesick teenagers, a grieving widower. 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.