25 January, 2021


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illustration by Jayachandran Manil Suri may have been knocked off the top of the largest advance chart for Indian novelists by Anglo-Kashmiri Hari Kunzru but he’s still going strong in the US. His Death of Vishnu is one of the finalists for the annual Los Angeles Times prize for best first fiction. And so what if Pankaj Mishra won the same award last year for The Romantics—Indian novels and novelists are as literary chic these days as the Latin Americans were in the ’70s. Suri’s also a finalist for two other US book awards: the Penn/ Faulkner Award and the W.H. Smith Award. Suri hasn’t made it to Oprah Winfrey’s book club as yet, but he’s made it to the second best club: a book award by America’s largest bookstore chain, Barnes & Noble, which will mean a $75,000 promotion for a year. Suri wisely stayed off Neemrana but made time to visit Gujarat recently to research his next book, The Age of Shiva.



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