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 seventeen books, including "Shame", "The Satanic Verses", and "Midnight's Children", which was named the "Booker of Bookers," the best novel to have won the Booker Prize for fiction in the award's history. Among his many literary honors are the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, the Whitbread Prize, the European Union's Aristeion Prize for Literature, and a 2007 Knighthood for services to literature. 2012 marked the international publication of "Joseph Anton", his memoir of more than nine years spent in hiding due to the fatwa issued against him by the Ayatollah Khomeini.
"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