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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (152 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Manil Suri Narrator: Priya Ayyar, Vikas Adam Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A dazzling, multilayered novel that not only encompasses a searing love story but—with its epic reach from quarks to mythology to geopolitics—also encapsulates the fate of the entire world.

As Mumbai empties under the threat of imminent nuclear annihilation, Sarita, a thirty-three-year-old statistician, can only think of one thing: being reunited with Karun, her physicist husband. Why has he vanished? Who is he running from? How will they form the family of three he’s always wanted? To find him, Sarita must journey across the surreal landscape of a near-abandoned city, braving gangs of competing Hindu and Muslim hoodlums. Joining her is Jaz—nominally a Muslim but whose true religion has always been sex with other men. Danger lurks around every corner, but so does the incongruous and the absurd: the patron goddess Devi Ma has even materialized on a beach to save her city from harm. Sarita’s search leads her to this beach, thrusting her into a trinity so mercurial, so consuming, that it will alter her life more fundamentally than any apocalypse to come.

Fearlessly provocative, wickedly comedic, and propelled with rocket-fuel energy, The City of Devi exuberantly upends assumptions of politics, religion, sex, and India’s global emergence.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Exuberant and sexy…When the world comes to an end, I will spend my last days in Mumbai clutching a copy of Manil Suri’s dazzling epic.”

    Gary Shteyngart, New York Times bestselling author

  • “The novel is driven by love and hope…Suri’s dynamic, unabashed voice leaves one for the most part happily, perpetually off-balance.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Smartly and fluidly written. The strong plot and character development make the novel a page-turner, while insight into the taboos of interfaith and same-gender relationships in India and commentary on what true love really is add substance.”

    Library Journal

  • “By daringly yoking erotic longing with terrorism in a trinitarian tale of amped-up mythology and end-of-world chaos, Suri forges an incendiary love story and provocative improvisation on India’s monumental epics.”

    Booklist

  • “Amid the wondrous variety of contemporary Indian fiction, Suri’s work stands apart, mingling comedy and death, eroticism and politics, godhood and Bollywood like no one else.”

    Washington Post

  • 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.”

    Kiran Desai, Man Booker Prize–winning author

  • While the explicit sexuality and violence may make some readers uncomfortable, Suri's work is nevertheless smartly and fluidly written. The strong plot and character development make the novel a page-turner, while insight into the taboos of interfaith and same-gender relationships in India and commentary on what true love really is add substance.

    Library Journal

  • “By daringly yoking erotic longing with terrorism in a trinitarian tale of amped-up mythology and end-of-world chaos, Suri forges an incendiary love story and provocative improvisation on India’s monumental epics.”

    Booklist

  • A 2014 Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Gay General Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Liv | 2/12/2014

    " His first two books were stunning... This one is different. Now even remotely as gripping or authentic feeling. The characters seem flat. It's more plot-driven in stead of the character-driven awsomeness that embodied his last two--and the plot was strange, perhaps a little forced... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathyred | 1/31/2014

    " This is like a retelling of The Odyssey, but set in a Mumbai, India in a world on the edge of a nuclear conflagration. Sarita (Hindu) sets out in search of her missing husband Karun, and Jaz (Muslim) sets off in her wake, in search of his love; also Karun. Colorful, improbable secondary characters weave in and out in a story that is almost dreamlike as Sarita and Jaz search for their future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alan | 12/9/2013

    " The apocalypse realistically set in Mumbai. A love triangle in quest for a missing partner experiences the weirdness and brutality of the end of the world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Fran Slater | 10/29/2013

    " A really great first half ruined by a pretty farcical second. A shame. "

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About the Author
Author Manil Suri

Manil Suri, a native of Mumbai, is a professor of mathematics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is the author of The Death of Vishnu and the Age of Shiva, and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award.