Shalimar the Clown
'This is Rushdie at his most flamboyant best' John Sutherland, Financial Times
'Rushdie's most engaging book since Midnight's Children' Observer
Shalimar the Clown was once a figure full of love and laughter. His skill as a tightrope walker was legendary in his native home of Kashmir. But fate has played him cruelly, torn him away from his beloved home and brought him to Los Angeles, where he works as a chauffeur. One morning he gets up, goes to work, and brutally slays his employer, America's former counter-terrorist chief Maximilian Ophuls, in full view of the victim's illegitimate daughter, India. Despite the political overtones, it soon emerges that this is a murder with a much darker heart to it.
The killing has its roots halfway across the globe, back in Kashmir, a ruined paradise not so much lost as shattered. And gradually it emerges that beyond this unholy trinity of Max, India and Shalimar, lurks a fourth, shadowy figure, one who binds them all together.
'This is Rushdie at his most flamboyant best' Financial Times
Praise for Shalimar the Clown
Shalimar the Clown is Rushdie's most engaging book since Midnight's ChildrenJason Cowley, Observer
This is Rushdie at his most flamboyantJohn Sutherland, Financial Times
Passionate, well-informedTheo Tait, London Review of Books
The story is exciting and memorably analyses the way in which fanaticism can wreck the most inoffensive livesAnthony Gardner, Mail on Sunday
Shalimar unites the gaudy, romantic love-revenge-death conceits of grand opera with the down-and-dirty preoccupations of contemporary politics...Here are rollicking storytelling, virtuosic language, a smidgeon of magical-realist special effects and, yes, dead-on dialogueDan Cryer, Newsday
There are great sweeping set-pieces, like the maharajah's abortive banquet just after Partition, as the old tolerant order is swept away in a thunderstorm that recalls the climactic scene in Midnight's Children. There are reams of biting satire on the Indian army's myopia or the intransigence of the jihadists, a potpourri of portents, a clash of multi -dimensional symbolism, and also, amid the gradual assemblage of tragedy, unexpected flashes of comedy.David Robinson, Scotsman
I'd say it's his best novel yetDaily Telegraph
There are some breathtakingly eloquent passagesSpectator