The Age of Shiva

The Age of Shiva

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India,1955: as the scars of Partition are just beginning to heal, in Ramjas College, Delhi, seventeen-year-old Meera is enraptured. In a spotlight, a handsome young man, Dev, is singing a song that is redolent with a longing, a hunger, that is thrillingly new to her. Beside her sits her older sister Roopa: the favourite, the beauty, her fairness tonight enhanced by clusters of gold at her ears, and a glossy streak of forbidden lipstick. Later, jilted by Roopa, it is to Meera that Dev turns for comfort. Though their hasty marriage enrages her father, who has always been ambitious for his daughters, Meera takes on her new role without a murmur, suppressing her bitter regret, obedient to her new in-laws, fasting according to Hindu ritual and tolerating Dev's drunken night-time fumblings. A move to Bombay, so Dev can chase his dream of success as a Bollywood singer, seems at first like a fresh new start, but as that dream - and their marriage - turns to ashes, he is more often to be found gazing into the bottom of a glass at Auntie's Place than in a recording studio. But when their son Ashvin is born, everything changes.
A sweeping epic that follows the fortunes of one family as it follows the fortunes of India in the violent aftermath of Partition, The Age of Shiva is the powerful story of a country in turmoil and an extraordinary portrait of maternal love.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 38mm | 604g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Export ed
  • 074759211X
  • 9780747592112
  • 1,884,962

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'Quite wonderful ... arch, funny and criminally well written.' The Times
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'Quite wonderful ... arch, funny and criminally well written.' The Times 'Manil Suri's THE DEATH OF VISHNU finds the universe in a block of Bombay flats; it is tender, caustic, witty and inspired.' Jim Crace 'Manil Suri has been likened to Narayan, Coetzee, Naipaul, Chekhov and Flaubert. But Suri has developed a voice all his own ... his eye for a story, his wit and astute observations of human folly, indicate that, one day, he may himself be someone to be compared to.' Independent 'A wonder of a book ... an astonishing debut.' Amy Tan
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About Manil Suri

Manil Suri was born in Bombay in 1959 and is a professor of mathematics at the University of Maryland. His first novel, The Death of Vishnu, was longlisted for the Booker Prize, nominated for the PEN Faulkner Award, the LA Times Book Award and the WH Smith Book Award. It won the Barnes & Noble 2001 Discover Great New Writers Award for Fiction. Manil Suri was an inaugural winner of the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers.
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