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 six novels: G"rimus, Midnight's Children, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor's Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury", and one work of short stories titled "East, West." He has also published four works of nonfiction: T"he Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands, The Wizard of Oz, " and "Mirrorwork" (co-edited with Elizabeth West).
"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