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Serious Men

(2010)
A novel by

 
Awards
Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing Best Novel (nominee)
A poignant, bitingly funny Indian satire and love story set in a scientific institute and in Mumbai's humid tenements. Ayyan Mani, one of the thousands of dalit (untouchable caste) men trapped in Mumbai's slums, works in the Institute of Theory and Research as the lowly assistant to the director, a brilliant self-assured astronomer. Ever wily and ambitious, Ayyan weaves two plots, one involving his knowledge of an illicit romance between his married boss and the institute's first female researcher, and another concerning his young son and his soap-opera-addicted wife. Ayyan quickly finds his deceptions growing intertwined, even as the Brahmin scientists wage war over the question of aliens in outer space. In his debut novel, Manu Joseph expertly picks apart the dynamics of this complex world, offering humorous takes on proselytizing nuns and chronicling the vanquished director serving as guru to his former colleagues. This is at once a moving portrait of love and its strange workings and a hilarious portrayal of men's runaway egos and ambitions.

 
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Hardback Editions

August 2011 : UK Hardback
Title: Serious Men
Author(s): Manu Joseph
ISBN: 1-4448-0750-1 / 978-1-4448-0750-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Charnwood
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June 2010 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Serious Men
Author(s): Manu Joseph
ISBN: 1-84854-307-7 / 978-1-84854-307-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: John Murray
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December 2009 : Hardback
thumbTitle: Serious Men
Author(s): Manu Joseph
ISBN: 8172238525 / 978-8172238520
Publisher: Harper Collins
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Paperback Editions

December 2011 : Paperback
thumbTitle: Serious Men
Author(s): Joseph Manu
ISBN: 9350291959 / 978-9350291955
Publisher: HarperCollins India
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August 2011 : Canada Paperback
thumbTitle: Serious Men
Author(s): Manu Joseph
ISBN: 1-55468-671-7 / 978-1-55468-671-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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February 2011 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Serious Men
Author(s): Manu Joseph
ISBN: 1-84854-308-5 / 978-1-84854-308-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: John Murray
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August 2010 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Serious Men: A Novel
Author(s): Manu Joseph
ISBN: 0-393-33859-2 / 978-0-393-33859-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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August 2010 : Canada Paperback
thumbTitle: Serious Men
Author(s): Manu Joseph
ISBN: 1-55468-670-9 / 978-1-55468-670-4 (Canada edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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June 2010 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Serious Men
Author(s): Manu Joseph
ISBN: 1-84854-312-3 / 978-1-84854-312-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: John Murray
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Kindle Editions

August 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Serious Men
Author(s): Manu Joseph
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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August 2010 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Serious Men: A Novel
Author(s): Manu Joseph
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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June 2010 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Serious Men
Author(s): Manu Joseph
Publisher: John Murray
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