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  • Published: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407018607
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

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

  • Published: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407018607
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

About the author

Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie is the author of fourteen novels – Grimus, Midnight’s Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown, The Enchantress of Florence, Luka and the Fire of Life, Two Years, Eight Months, and Twenty-Eight Nights, The Golden House and Quichotte (which was shortlisted for hte Booker Prize) – and one collection of short stories: East, West. He has also published four works of non-fiction – Joseph Anton, The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands, and Step Across This Line – and co-edited two anthologies, Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. A former president of PEN American Center, Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for services to literature.

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Praise for Shalimar the Clown

Shalimar the Clown is Rushdie's most engaging book since Midnight's Children

Jason Cowley, Observer

This is Rushdie at his most flamboyant

John Sutherland, Financial Times

Passionate, well-informed

Theo Tait, London Review of Books

The story is exciting and memorably analyses the way in which fanaticism can wreck the most inoffensive lives

Anthony 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 dialogue

Dan 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 yet

Daily Telegraph

There are some breathtakingly eloquent passages


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