A dystopia like no other, Manil Suri paints a vibrant portrait of an India on the brink of collapse, two figures travelling across the unknown in a world scarily close to the modern day
'This vividly imagined book about personal and national destruction – and the possibilities of salvation – lingers long after the final page, showing how it is loss that teaches the value of what is most loved' Anita Sethi, Independent
'Consuming, passionate, and ultimately poignant' Guardian
Armed only with a pomegranate, Sarita ventures into the empty streets of Mumbai, on the eve of its threatened nuclear annihilation. She is looking for her physicist husband Karun, who has been missing for over a fortnight.
She is soon joined on her quest by Jaz - cocky, handsome, Muslim, gay, and in search of his own lover. Together they traverse the surreal landscape of a dystopia rife with absurdity, and are inexorably drawn to the patron goddess Devi ma, the supposed saviour of the city.
Groundbreaking and multilayered, The City of Devi is a fearlessly provocative tale of three individuals balancing on the sharp edge of fate.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 280 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
The City of Devi 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
Consuming, passionate, and ultimately poignant story
An extravagant, and warm-hearted romantic comedy ... Arranged around various trinities ... Suri’s novel is written in vivid, cornucopian prose
A provocative fantasy from prestigious Indian author Suri
This vividly imagined book about personal and national destruction – and the possibilities of salvation – lingers long after the final page, showing how it is loss that teaches the value of what is most loved
The City of Devi, which will surely cement his reputation as one of the most imaginative writers of our time ... Suri creates a mesmerising novel that is impossible to put down
Apocalyptic fables may be routine in the West, but Suri’s novel of ruined Mumbai on the eve of destruction strikes a fresh note in Indian fiction ... Ancient myths and modern fears fuse with explosive results’
Suri’s gods are subversive, malignant characters, exploited to inspire fear and revulsion ... This mixture of sex, mythology and global politics might seem likely to end in disaster, but Suri has reined in the strands admirably. The author is also a mathematician, and his sense of order is evident, even as his story bursts with high-octane, Bollywood-style drama