Shalimar the Clown: Book by Salman Rushdie

Shalimar the Clown

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ISBN: 9780099421887    Publisher: Vintage Year of publishing: 2006     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 416        Language: English
Los Angeles, 1991. Maximilian Ophuls is knifed to death on the doorstep of his illegitimate daughter India, slaughtered by his Kashmiri driver, a mysterious figure who calls himself Shalimar the Clown....Read more
Los Angeles, 1991. Maximilian Ophuls is knifed to death 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 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: a ruined paradise, not so much lost as smashed.
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About the author: Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie is the author of ten novels, one collection of short stories, three works of non-fiction, and the co-editor of The Vintage Book of Indian... Read more
Salman Rushdie is the author of ten novels, one collection of short stories, three works of non-fiction, and the co-editor of The Vintage Book of Indian Writing. In 1993 Midnight's Children was judged to be the Best of the Booker, the best novel to have won the Booker Prize in its forty year history. The Moor's Last Sigh won the Whitbread Prize in 1995 and the European Union's Aristeion Prize for Literature in 1996. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres.
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Review:
A brilliant symphony... Exceptional... One of Rushdie's best novels yet" Independent "Extraordinary... Worth engaging with at every level; a thrilling story told in thrilling language" -- Erica...Read more
A brilliant symphony... Exceptional... One of Rushdie's best novels yet" Independent "Extraordinary... Worth engaging with at every level; a thrilling story told in thrilling language" -- Erica Wagner The Times "Shalimar the Clown is Rushdie's most engaging book since Midnight's Children. It is a lament. It is a revenge story. it is a love story. And it is a warning" -- Jason Cowley Observer "Deeply disturbing and immensely moving... An exquisite, broken thing of pain and beauty" Independent "Excellent... A characteristically daring walk along the tightrope of fiction" Sunday Telegraph
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