Author, The Death of Vishnu
Manil Suri was born in Bombay and is now a professor of mathematics and affiliate professor of Asian studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His first novel, The Death of Vishnu, won the 2002 Barnes and Noble Discover Prize and was a finalist for the 2002 Pen-Faulkner Award. His second novel, The Age of Shiva, was listed as one of the best 25 books of the decade by Contemporary Literature. Read More >
India is one of the richest and most diverse cultures in the world, one where mythology, religion, history, politics and even movies seamlessly run into each other. Suri talks about the challenge of capturing the essence of this complex and multilayered society through his trilogy of novels.
Suri talks about the different worlds he has inhabited (and continues to inhabit), and the sense of identity he derives from each of them: India and America, arts and science, [could add “gay and straight,”] writer and mathematician.
Suri talks about the experience of being both a novelist and a mathematician, and the synergy generated between the two endeavors for him. He takes the audience on a multimedia journey into a fascinating world where these two fields intersect.