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'This is Rushdie at his most flamboyant best' John Sutherland, Financial Times
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Published: 05 October 2006
Genre: Modern fiction
Los Angeles, 1991. Maximilian Ophuls is knifed to death on the doorstep of his illegitimate daughter India, slaughtered by his Kashmiri driver, a mysterious figure who calls himself Shalimar the Clown. The dead man is a World War II Resistance hero, a man of formidable intellectual ability and much erotic appeal, a former United States ambassador to India, and subsequently America's counter-terrorism chief. The murder looks at first like a political assassination but turns out to be passionately personal. This is the story of Max, his killer, and his daughter - and of a fourth character, the woman who links them all. The story of a deep love gone fatally wrong, destroyed by a shallow affair, it is an epic narrative that moves from California to France, England, and above all, Kashmir: a ruined paradise, not so much lost as smashed.
The story is exciting and memorably analyses the way in which fanaticism can wreck the most inoffensive lives
Anthony Gardner, Mail on Sunday
A brilliant symphony... Exceptional... One of Rushdie's best novels yet
Extraordinary... Worth engaging with at every level; a thrilling story told in thrilling language
Erica Wagner, The Times
Shalimar the Clown is Rushdie's most engaging book since Midnight's Children. It is a lament. It is a revenge story. it is a love story. And it is a warning
Jason Cowley, Observer
Deeply disturbing and immensely moving... An exquisite, broken thing of pain and beauty
Excellent... A characteristically daring walk along the tightrope of fiction
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The Observer reviewhttp://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2005/sep/11/fiction.salmanrushdie
Sir Salman Rushdie is the author of many novels including Grimus, Midnight's Children, Shame, The Satanic Verses, The Moor's Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury and Shalimar the Clown. He has ...