UMBC: Inaugural Reading of Manil Suri's 'The City of Devi'

Award-winning novelist, Manil Suri, presents the inaugural reading of his much-awaited novel, 'The City of Devi'

Join award-winning novelist, Manil Suri as he presents the inaugural reading of his much-awaited, most recent novel, The City of Devi, at UMBC tomorrow in the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery at 7 p.m.

Suri, UMBC Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, will follow the presentation with a discussion of the cultural, geopolitical and religious issues facing India, called upon in the novel.

“The City of Devi combines, in a magician’s feat, the thrill of Bollywood with the pull of a thriller . . . Manil Suri’s bravest and most passionate book.” -- Kiran Desai

Set in fictional, pre-apocalyptic Mumbai as the city empties at the threat of nuclear annihilation, The City of Devi presents readers with the emotionally gripping love story of Sarita –a 33-year-old statistician desperately searching for her disappeared, physicist husband, Karun– before time runs out. Devi is a multilayered comedy that poignantly approaches the deeply personal topics of sexuality and religion, while simultaneously tackling issues of politics and the global emergence of India. “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”.

Learn more about The City of Devi in the Washington Post's book review.

Manil Suri was born in Bombay, and is the author of The Death of Vishnu, long-listed for the 2001 Booker Prize and short-listed for the 2002 PEN/Faulkner Award, and The Age of Shiva. His literature has been translated into 27 different languages, and has received several literary acknowledgements and prizes including a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Learn more about the author, through his interview with Baltimore Magazine.

This event is part of the 2013 series of Humanities Forums at UMBC. It is sponsored by the Asian Studies Program with support from the College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences and the Dresher Center for the Humanities. Find directions and more information about the event at UMBC’s Arts and Culture Calendar.

This event is free and open to the public.

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