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

Shalimar the Clown

Rushdie's finest novel for years!

Los Angeles, 1991. Maximilian Ophuls, one of the makers of the modern world, is knifed to death in broad daylight on the doorstep of his illegitimate daughter India, slaughtered by his Kashmiri driver, a mysterious figure who calls himself Shalimar the Clown. The dead man is a World War II Resistance hero, a man of formidable intellectual ability and much erotic appeal, a former United States ambassador to India, and subsequently America's counter-terrorism chief. The murder looks at first like a political assassination but turns out to be passionately personal.
This is the story of Max, his killer, and his daughter - and of a fourth character, the woman who links them, whose story explains them all. The story of a deep love gone fatally wrong, destroyed by a shallow affair, it is an epic narrative that moves from California to France, England, and above all, Kashmir. At its heart is the tale of that earthly paradise of peach orchards and honey bees, of mountains and lakes, of green-eyed women and murderous men: a ruined paradise, not so much lost as smashed.

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

About the Author

Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie is the author of thirteen previous 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, and The Golden House – 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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