After drinking an elixir that bestows him with immortality, a young Indian named Flapping Eagle spends the next 700 years sailing the seas with the burden of living forever. Eventually he grows weary of the sameness of life and journeys to the mountainous Calf Island to regain his mortality. There he meets other immortals obsessed with their own stasis and he sets out to scale the island’s peak, from which the mysterious and corrosive Grimus Effect emits. Through a series of thrilling quests and encounters, Flapping Eagle comes face to face with the island’s creator and unwinds the mysteries of his own humanity.
About the Author
Salman Rushdie is the author of eight novels: Fury, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, The Moor’s Last Sigh, Midnight’s Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the “Booker of Bookers”), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Grimus, and Haroun and the Sea of Stories, and one collection of short stories, East, West. He has also published a book of reportage, The Jaguar Smile, and an earlier collection of essays, Imaginary Homelands. He lives in New York and London.
“Grimus is one of those novels some people will say is too good to be science fiction, even though it contains other universes, dimensional doorways, alien creatures and more than one madman.… A book to be read twice…Grimus is science fiction in the best sense of the word. It is literate, it is fun, it is meaningful and perhaps most important, it pushes the boundaries of the form outward.” -- The Los Angeles Times
“A fireworks of a book: beautiful, funny and endlessly surprising.” -- Ursula Le Guin
“Ambitious, strikingly confident.” -- The Times Literary Supplement
“A mixture of science fiction and folktale, past and future, primitive and present-day... Grimus is a parallel form of life, and conjuring of an alternative society.... Thunderous and touching.” -- Financial Times