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Winner of the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger
In his brilliant third novel, first published in 1983, Salman Rushdie gives us a lively and colorful mixture of history, art, language, politics, and religion. Set in a country "not quite Pakistan," the story centers around the family of two men - one a celebrated warrior, the other a debauched playboy - engaged in a protracted duel that is played out in the political landscape of their country.
"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 (London
"Shame is and is not about Pakistan, that invented, imaginary country, 'a failure of the dreaming mind' . . . The theme is shame and shamelessness, both from the violence which is modern history. Revelation and obscurity, affairs of honor, blushings of all parts, the recession of erotic life, the open violence of public life, create the extraordinary Rushdie mood . . . 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.
" 320 pages - 5" x 8" - (3/08)
--Malcolm Bradbury, The Guardian (London
ZY0933 Shame $15.00