The Age of Shiva

The Age of Shiva

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India, 1955: as the scars of Partition are just beginning to heal, seventeen-year-old Meera sits enraptured by Dev, who sings a song so infused with passion that it arouses in her the first flush of erotic longing. But it does not lead to a fairy-tale marriage. Dev's family is steeped in orthodoxy. Meera has no choice but to obey her in-laws, tolerate Dev's drunken fumblings and observe the most arduous of Hindu fasts. A move to Bombay, so that Dev can chase his dream of success as a Bollywood singer, seems like a fresh start, but soon that dream - and their marriage - turns to ashes. It is only when their son is born that things change. For the first time, Meera feels ready to shape her own destiny, to take control of her world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 110 x 176 x 32mm | 222.26g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Export and UK open market ed
  • 0747598932
  • 9780747598930
  • 1,008,380

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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'Suri reveals an immense humanity and tenderness drawn by this compelling narrative, I read this marvelous book in one sitting' Kiran Desai 'Like Anna Karenina, The Age of Shiva is both intimate and epic a majestic story about love and its unexpected consequences' Amy Tan 'The Age of Shiva takes the raw, bright colours of the real India and softens them with a tender humanity borrowed from the mythology of a more ancient past' Independent on Sunday 'Captivating The Age of Shiva affirms Suri's position as a writer worth serious attention' New York Times
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1,616 ratings
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4 29% (465)
3 35% (562)
2 16% (265)
1 6% (90)
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