The City of Devi: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company, Feb 4, 2013 - Fiction - 384 pages
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A dazzling, multilayered novel that not only encompasses a searing love story but, with its epic reach, encapsulates the fate of the world.

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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User Review  - Shirley N. Quan - Book Verdict

Suri's final work in a trilogy begun with The Age of Shiva and The Death of Vishnu opens in a futuristic India, where Hindu and Muslim factions are deeply at odds and bombing raids have been ongoing ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
33
Section 3
53
Section 4
71
Section 5
87
Section 6
113
Section 7
125
Section 8
139
Section 11
231
Section 12
247
Section 13
265
Section 14
275
Section 15
307
Section 16
325
Section 17
339
Section 18
361

Section 9
159
Section 10
195
Section 19
383
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About the author (2013)

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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