Manil Suri

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Manil Suri

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in Mumbai, India
July 01, 1959



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Manil Suri is an Indian-American mathematician and writer, most notable for his first novel, The Death of Vishnu.

He attended the University of Bombay before moving to the United States, where he attended Carnegie Mellon University. He received a PHD in mathematics in 1983, and became a mathematics professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

He still continues to hold this job even though he is more notable as a writer, and has risen through the academic ranks of the university.

Suri began writing short stories in the 1980s during his spare time, but few were published. In 1995 he began writing The Death of Vishnu, a novel about social and religious tensions in India taking place in an apartment building in contemporary Mumbai.

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Just received this. Of course, lists are highly subjective, but it did give me a kick to see "The Age of Shiva" so high up. Check out: Best Books of the Decade.
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Average rating: 3.54 · 8,261 ratings · 763 reviews · 4 distinct works · Similar authors
The Death of Vishnu
3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 6,429 ratings — published 2001 — 29 editions
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The Age of Shiva
3.28 of 5 stars 3.28 avg rating — 1,285 ratings — published 2008 — 21 editions
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The City of Devi
3.23 of 5 stars 3.23 avg rating — 552 ratings — published 2013 — 14 editions
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Mother India
3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 2009 — 2 editions
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February 2013, Manil Suri
"His Favorite Books About India's New Soul: India's burgeoning future becomes clear in these top five recs from the author of a new novel set in Mumbai, The City of Devi." ...More

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“What did religion do to people, to provoke such obstinancy, such hysteria - how did it push people to the stage of torturing themselves and killing each other? ”
Manil Suri, The Death of Vishnu

“In mathematics, in place of characters, you have variables or unknowns. If I'm trying to plot a theorem, I try to imagine these variables interacting with each other. The boundary of their interaction is the theorem.”
Manil Suri

“Perhaps this was the greatest genius of the cyber jihadis: the monopoly they clinched on information. They realized how helplessly addicted the population had become to knowing in this information age. So what if news was tainted or unreliable? - people needed their daily fix.”
Manil Suri, The City of Devi

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