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Manil Suri mixes mathematics, mythology, and hot sex in his diverse body of work

Manil Suri mixes mathematics, mythology, and hot sex in his diverse body of work

Manil Suri looks far too glamorous to be either a mathematician or a novelist. His short, silver hair shines, almost arrestingly over his dark eyes. But Suri, a mathematics professor at UMBC (where, full disclosure, my wife also works) has been juggling these two careers for decades now. The author of a trilogy, set in India, that is loosely structured around the Hindu trinity or Trimurti, Suri also a playwright and a contributing op-ed columnist to The New York Times.

The trilogy's first book, "The Death of Vishnu," was also Suri's first serious work of fiction. Moving back and forth between the perspectives of several families in a Bombay apartment...

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