Shame (English, Paperback, Salman Rushdie)


Shame  (English, Paperback, Salman Rushdie)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Random House
    • ISBN: 9780099578611, 0099578611
    • Edition: 01, 1998
    • Pages: 288
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    Salman Rushdie’s Shame is the story of General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto told within the framework of magic realism. The novel deals with the culture of violence and shame which is portrayed through the protagonist, Omar Khayyam.

    Summary Of The Book

    Shame New Edition by Salman Rushdie is set in a fictitious town called Q. Although the story deals with the relationship between two very important political figures, General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Rushdie disguises the names as General Raza Hyder and Iskander Harappa.

    The plot deals with three sisters, Bunny, Chunni, and Munnee. All three sisters pretend to give birth to Omar Khayyam. But neither the reader nor the characters are aware of who Omar’s real parents are.

    Growing up, Khayyam learns about hypnosis. An impish kid, Khayyam is allowed to leave Q in order to pursue his education. Under the tutelage of Eduardo Rodriguez, he trains to become a doctor.

    The plot of Harappa and Hyder is revealed through Khayyam who encounters both of them. The story deals with themes like truth, shame and shamelessness, heritage, and parentage. The plot has various violent episodes which serve as the author’s critique of Pakistan’s political structure.

    About Salman Rushdie

    Salman Rushdie is an Indian British novelist whose works are a combination of history and magic realism.

    His name is notoriously linked with the issue of fatwa that was ordered by the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. It was for his work The Satanic Verses. Rushdie is also known for his most famous work, Midnight’s Children. He won a Booker Prize for Midnight’s Children in 1981. Most recently Rushdie published, Joseph Anton: A Memoir which deals with his controversial life.

    His books deal with the disruptions in a nation’s formation, migration policies, and continuous conflict between the West and East. He has always been unapologetic about his critiques and opinions which deal with the political state of Pakistan, Iran, and even India.

    He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2007.The Times, in 2008, had ranked him thirteenth out of the 50 greatest British writers from 1945 to present.

    Rushdie has always led a flamboyant life. From the issue of fatwa to his four failed marriages, he has always been on the news. He was diagnosed with ptosis or drooping eye syndrome which was operated and rectified in 1999. Currently, he lives in New York City alone.

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    Book Details
    • Vintage
    Publication Year
    • 1998 January
    • Salman Rushdie
    Author Info
    • Salman Rushdie is the author of eight novels, one collection of short stories, and four works of non-fiction, and the co-editor of The Vintage Book of Indian Writing. In 1993 Midnight\'s Children was judged to be the \'Booker of Bookers\', the best novel to have won the Booker Prize in its first 25 years. The Moor\'s Last Sigh won the Whitbread Prize in 1995, and the European Union\'s Aristeion Prize for Literature in 1996. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres.
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    Magical Realism at its best

    This is a magnificent Political Allegory and Magical Realism, set in Pakistan. Once you go through this novel you can see why Salman Rushdie is considered so good an author. His use of English. The use of invented adjectives is unfathomable.
    One can imagine goodness of book as it has been shortlisted for Booker prize the next year after the 'Midnight Children'. There are a lot of conspiracy theories saying: he already has got a prize so should be avoided etc.. But it would be a feather in th...


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    2 Feb, 2012

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    Shame! in a tawdry yet magical avatar

    Had I been Omar Khayyam Shakil, the peripheral hero and a resident of border town Q. I'd have been the son of my three crotchety mothers, escaping from my mother country (via "The dumb-waiter" or whatever), my "blushing" would've wanted to meet the shameless "virgin" (and her name is "good news"; aah, what an irony!), as that would've been an "affairs of honour" and duels with both my shamelessness and the Maulana with "a necklace of shoes", the "beauty and the beast" would've hailed it as t...

    Dr.Soumya Saha

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    1 Mar, 2015

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