The City of Devi

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From the author of The Death of Vishnu, "a big, pyrotechnic…ambitious…ingenious" (Wall Street Journal) novel.
Mumbai has emptied under the threat of imminent nuclear annihilation; gangs of marauding Hindu and Muslim thugs rove the desolate streets; yet Sarita can think of only one thing: buying the last pomegranate that remains in perhaps the entire city. She is convinced that the fruit holds the key to reuniting her with her physicist husband,...

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Overview

From the author of The Death of Vishnu, "a big, pyrotechnic…ambitious…ingenious" (Wall Street Journal) novel.
Mumbai has emptied under the threat of imminent nuclear annihilation; gangs of marauding Hindu and Muslim thugs rove the desolate streets; yet Sarita can think of only one thing: buying the last pomegranate that remains in perhaps the entire city. She is convinced that the fruit holds the key to reuniting her with her physicist husband, Karun, who has been mysteriously missing for more than a fortnight.
Searching for his own lover in the midst of this turmoil is Jaz—cocky, handsome, and glib. "The Jazter," as he calls himself, is Muslim, but his true religion has steadfastly been sex with men. Dodging danger at every step, both he and Sarita are inexorably drawn to Devi ma, the patron goddess who has reputedly appeared in person to save her city. What they find will alter their lives more fundamentally than any apocalypse to come.A wickedly comedic and fearlessly provocative portrayal of individuals balancing on the sharp edge of fate, The City of Devi brilliantly upends assumptions of politics, religion, and sex, and offers a terrifying yet exuberant glimpse of the end of the world.

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Editorial Reviews

Kiran Desai
“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.”
Washington Post - Ron Charles
“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.”
The New Yorker
“A stirringly poignant love story, drawn with deep compassion.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Wild, kaleidoscopic . . . dazzling.”
Gary Shteyngart
“The City of Devi is so exuberant and sexy, one may wish to purchase a prophylactic alongside it. When the world comes to an end, I will spend my last days in Mumbai clutching a copy of Manil Suri's dazzling epic.”
The Oprah Magazine O
“With comedic flashes and a plot that pulses forward, Suri’s tale solidifies the reputation that he earned as a master storyteller with The Death of Vishnu and The Age of Shiva.”
Ron Charles - Washington Post
“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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393346817
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 462,799
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Manil Suri

Manil Suri is the best-selling author of The Death of Vishnu, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and The Age of Shiva. A native of Mumbai, he is a professor of mathematics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    An original premise and intriguing adventure. This well realized

    An original premise and intriguing adventure. This well realized tale holds the reader's attention throughout the misadventures of it's characters. The characters themselves, unfortunately, are not written in such a way as to compel much compassion for them. Their experiences, though, are fully believable and you do root for their success in overcoming the many horrifying obstacles in their path. Mumbai is totally recognizable and descriptions of it's chaos and impending destruction are vivid. A good read for those who like dystopian lit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    I was chuffed to find a signed copy of Manil Suri's book at





    I was chuffed to find a signed copy of Manil Suri's book at the Jaipur Literary Festival. Chuffed because his first was actually good, his second was not so good but I trusted him to get his groove back with the last of his triumvirate.




    I am surprised by the raving jacket cover endorsements. This is a boring book. There is no character development. The story has no coherence. It is a bad book. Very bad book. When I begin to look at how many pages I have left to finish a book ( not in a good way) while into ten pages of a book, is bad. 




    Manil Suri, you need to re-visit your days of "vishu" - this is the last book from you that I spend money on.

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