The Age of Shiva Author:Manil Suri Following his spectacular debut, The Death of Vishnu, Manil Suri returns with a mesmerizing story of modern India richly layered with themes from Hindu mythology. — The Age of Shiva is at once a powerful story of a country in turmoil and an extraordinary portrait of maternal love. Meera, the narrator, struggles to establish h... more »erself against the male-dominated landscape of India after independence. Escaping her overbearing father, she falls into an ill-starred marriage with Dev, whose voice is as intoxicating as his physical demands are oppressive. His brother Arya lusts after her with the same intensity that fuels his right-wing politics, while in her sister-in-law Sandhya's company, Meera discovers a fleeting and heartbreaking eroticism. Only in her son, however, can Meera imagine fulfillment. She engulfs him with a love so deep, so overpowering, that she must fear its consequences.
Meera's compelling odyssey, embodying Shiva both as an erotic force and a symbol of patriarchy, places The Age of Shiva among the most important novels to come out of India in the last twenty years.« less
An intense story of the complexities of family relationships. Suri is a master storyteller and his prose is so cleanly crafted--reading this book is like being caught by a blast of icy wind. It is sometimes shocking, sometimes all too recognizable as the truth of the human condition. Excellent writing and characters that will haunt you. The setting is also so richly detailed you can feel/taste/smell every part of the intoxicating landscape of India.