By Salman Rushdie

Random House Trade, Paperback, 9780812976700, 307pp.

Publication Date: March 11, 2008

The novel that set the stage for his modern classic, "The Satanic Verses," "Shame" is Salman Rushdie's phantasmagoric epic of an unnamed country that is "not quite Pakistan." In this dazzling tale of an ongoing duel between the families of two men-one a celebrated wager of war, the other a debauched lover of pleasure-Rushdie brilliantly portrays a world caught between honor and humiliation-"shamelessness, shame: the roots of violence." "Shame" is an astonishing story that grows more timely by the day.

About the Author
Salman Rushdie is the author of several novels, including "Grimus, Midnight's Children, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor's Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury", and "Shalimar the Clown". He has written collections of short stories, including "East, West", and co-edited with Elizabeth West a collection of Indian literature in English, "Mirrorwork". He has also published several works of nonfiction, among them T"he Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands, The Wizard of Oz, " and "Joseph Anton", a memoir of his life under the fatwa issued after the publication of "The Satanic Verses".

Praise For Shame

"Shame is and is not about Pakistan, that invented, imaginary country... The theme is shame and shamelessness, born from the violence which is modern history. Revelation and obscurity, affairs of honour, blushings of all parts, the recession of erotic life, the open violence of public life, create the extraordinary Rushdie mood." -- Malcolm Bradbury, The Guardian

"A pitch black comedy of public life and historical imperatives." -- The Times