From the Publisher
“Grimus is one of those novels some people will say is too good to be science fiction.... 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
“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
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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.
Author Biography: 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.