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Shame

A Novel

Salman Rushdie

Paperback

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Paperback (3/1/1989)
Paperback (1/1/1998)

Description

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.


Praise For Shame: A Novel

WINNER OF THE PRIX DU MEILLEUR LIVRE ETRANGER

“Rushdie’s novels pour by in a sparkling, voracious onrush...each paragraph luxurious and delicious.” --The New Yorker

“There can seldom have been so robust and baroque an incarnation of the political novel as Shame. It can be read as a fable, polemic, or excoriation; as history or as fiction.... This is the novel as myth and as satire.” --Sunday Telegraph

Shame is and is not about Pakistan, that invented, imaginary country, ‘a failure of the dreaming mind.’... Rushdie shows us with what fantasy our sort of history must now be written—if, that is, we are to penetrate it, and perhaps even save it.” --The Guardian

“Swift in Gulliver’s Travels, Voltaire in Candide, Sterne in Tristram Shandy...Rushdie, it seems to me, is very much a latter-day member of their company.” --The New York Times Book Review

“A pitch-black comedy of public life and historical imperatives.” --The Times (UK)

Random House Trade Paperbacks, 9780812976700, 320pp.

Publication Date: March 11, 2008



About the Author

SALMAN RUSHDIE is the author of fourteen novels--including Luka and the Fire of LifeGrimusMidnight's Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker); Shame; The Satanic Verses; Haroun and the Sea of StoriesThe Moor's Last SighThe Ground Beneath Her FeetFuryShalimar the Clown; The Enchantress of FlorenceTwo Years, Eight Months, and Twenty-Eight NightsThe Golden House; and Quichotte--and one collection of short stories: East, West. He has also published four works of non-fiction--Joseph AntonThe Jaguar SmileImaginary Homelands, and Step Across This Line--and coedited 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.