A National Bestseller
"Enchanting…Suri’s novel achieves an eerie and memorable transcendence." —Time
In Manil Suri’s debut novel, Vishnu, the odd-job man, lies dying on the staircase of an apartment building while around him unfold the lives of its inhabitants: warring housewives, lovesick teenagers, a grieving widower. In a fevered state, Vishnu looks back on his love affair with the seductive Padmini and wonders if he might actually be the god Vishnu, guardian of the entire universe.
The story and narration are both lyrical, weaving the tale in a type of poetry. It elevates the mundane into a celebration of life despite the obvious and central death.