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Manil Suri

Author, The Death of Vishnu
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Biography

Manil Suri was born in Bombay and is 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 released in 2008 in the US, UK, and India. His latest work is The City of Devi. He was named a Person to Watch in 2000 by Time magazine.

Additional awards and recognitions include the Ralph Heyne Corrine Prize from Germany, the McKittrick Award from the UK, a PEN/Bingham fellowship, and a Guggenheim fellowship.

In addition to his writing, Manil Suri is involved in several mathematics outreach projects. His research is in the area of finite element methods for partial differential equations.

Topics

Capturing India

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. In this keynote speech, Suri talks about the challenge of capturing the essence of this complex and multilayered society through his trilogy of novels.

The Diverse Worlds We Inhabit

In this informative keynote speech, 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, writer and mathematician.

The Mathematics of Fiction

Suri talks about the experience of being both a novelist and a mathematician, and the synergy generated between the two endeavors for him. In this enthralling keynote, he takes the audience on a multimedia journey into a fascinating world where these two fields intersect.

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