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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

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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.

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“Rushdie’s novels pour by in a sparkling, voracious onrush...each paragraph luxurious and delicious.” The New Yorker

“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

Shame is and is not about Pakistan, that invented, imaginary country, ‘a failure of the dreaming mind.’... 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.” The Guardian

“Swift in Gulliver’s Travels, Voltaire in Candide, Sterne in Tristram Shandy...Rushdie, it seems to me, is very much a latter-day member of their company.” The New York Times Book Review

“A pitch-black comedy of public life and historical imperatives.” The Times (UK)

Robert Towers
''Shame'' is a lively, amusing and exasperating work that will present certain problems for an American reader. . . .Cruel and ugly incidents and repulsive physical details throng the pages of the book. . . .[However] I found Mr. Rushdie's style a source of delight, a bright stream of words that lifted me happily past the most threatening snags and whirlpools. . . The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812976700
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/11/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
307
Sales rank:
734,050
Product dimensions:
5.19(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)

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"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

Meet the Author

Sir SALMAN RUSHDIE is the multi-award winning author of eleven previous novels—Luka and the Fire of Life, Grimus, Midnight's Children (which won the Booker Prize, 1981, and the Best of the Booker Prize, 2008), Shame,The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor's Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown and The Enchantress of Florence—and one collection of short stories, East, West. He has also published three works of non-fiction: The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism 1981-1991 and Step Across This Line, and coedited two anthologies, Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008. His memoir, Joseph Anton, published in 2012, became an internationally acclaimed bestseller. It was praised as "the finest memoir...in many a year" (The Washington Post). His books have been translated into over forty languages. He is a former president of American PEN.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
June 19, 1947
Place of Birth:
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Education:
M.A. in History, King's College, University of Cambridge

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Shame 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is based on the theme of shame . In it Rushdie tries to look at the various aspects of human life that are meant to be sources of shame.The main character is one who was born out of wedlock and thus has a source of shame. The story goes nowhere and descends into a series of wild events that are meant to be sources of shame . At the end the reader is bewildered at to what the story was all about. I don't know what Rushdie was trying to achieve. But the end result is ,as with all themes examined too much in detail, utter confusion with broad strokes of what we already know. It's a good read if you like the wild Rushdie style. It ,however, does get boring when all his books follow this vein.This is probably why 'the ground beneath her feet ' was not so well received .I think Rushdie has had his fiteen minutes of fame.
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Jon_B More than 1 year ago
Doesn't get as much attention as his other books (for obvious reasons) but I think its the most well written.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Shame was my fist Salman Rushdie novel, and my favorite. I believe that all Pakistanis should read this novel, because Rushdie has given us a satire that is on par with Swift, and we can learn much about what it wrong with Pakistani society/politics by reading it. Salman Rushdie is brilliant.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Salman Rushdie has (for obvious reasons) greatly divided critical evaluation. Regardless of your nationality-you will hopefully find a deep beauty in this book- Though it is in parts grotesque-Rushdie's storytelling ability is what makes this such a great book-He has written in this book and also in 'Midnight's Children' and 'Satanic Verses' a very, very sad evaluation of man against man-Inhumanity and a manner of contradictions are vividly presented but a quirky Magick that is Salman Rushdie, is the reason I found this book so enlightening!