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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group; Reprint edition (11 March 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812976703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812976700
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 181 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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WINNER OF THE PRIX DU MEILLEUR LIVRE ETRANGER

"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)

About 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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece! Salman Rushdie is a classic storyteller
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