The Death of Vishnu

von Manil Suri 
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The Death of Vishnu
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A mesmerizing novel, surprisingly full of humour despite the depiction of the utter cruelty of poverty and loneliness

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Umfang:304 Seiten
Verlag:W W Norton & Co Inc

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    Kurzmeinung: A mesmerizing novel, surprisingly full of humour despite the depiction of the utter cruelty of poverty and loneliness
    Dying on a landing in a house full of people

    Like other poor people in his town, Vishnu has lived for many years on a landing in the staircase of an apartment building, doing odd-jobs for the families living in the apartments in order to get something to eat and drink from them. But now Vishnu is dying and while he is lying, more or less unconscious, on the floor of his landing, the reader not only learns his story but also the stories of the people living in the house...
    Readers who already show misanthropic tendencies should think twice before reading this novel because the uncharitable way these neighbours treat each other is often unbearable. And yet the author succeeds rather well in introducing the different characters and their feelings to the reader. To me, the characters in this novel resemble lonely planets, each one in a different universe, harbouring hopes and dreams that are deemed to fail because of their lack of capability to really communicate with each other, to be respect and love each other and to put themselves in the position of others.
    However, I was surprised to find the story much less dark and depressing than other novels set in India. A touch of humour and beautiful descriptions of the pleasures of life, even though many remain a dream, make this novel a mesmerizing book despite the sadness.


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