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Shalimar the Clown

Shalimar the Clown

(2005)
A novel by

 
Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards (nominee)
The Man Booker Prize (nominee)
Whitbread Prize (nominee)
Shalimar the Clown is a masterpiece from one of our greatest writers, a dazzling novel that brings together the fiercest passions of the heart and the gravest conflicts of our time into an astonishingly powerful, all-encompassing story.

Max Ophuls' memorable

life ends violently in Los Angeles in 1993 when he is murdered by his Muslim driver Noman Sher Noman, also known as Shalimar the Clown. At first the crime seems to be politically motivated - Ophuls was previously ambassador to India, and later US counterterrorism chief - but it is much more.

Ophuls is a giant, an architect of the modern world: a Resistance hero and best-selling author, brilliant economist and clandestine US intelligence official. But it is as Ambassador to India that the seeds of his demise are planted, thanks to another of his great roles - irresistible lover. Visiting the Kashmiri village of Pachigam, Ophuls lures an impossibly beautiful dancer, the ambitious (and willing) Boonyi Kaul, away from her husband, and installs her as his mistress in Delhi. But their affair cannot be kept secret, and when Boonyi returns home, disgraced and obese, it seems that all she has waiting for her is the inevitable revenge of her husband: Noman Sher Noman, Shalimar the Clown. He was an acrobat and tightrope walker in their village's traditional theatrical troupe; but soon Shalimar is trained as a militant in Kashmir's increasingly brutal insurrection, and eventually becomes a terrorist with a global remit and a deeply personal mission of vengeance.

With sweeping brilliance, Salman Rushdie portrays fanatical mullahs as fully as documentary filmmakers, rural headmen as completely as British spies; he describes villages that compete to make the most splendid feasts, the mentality behind martial law, and the celebrity of Los Angeles policemen, all with the same genius.

But the main story is only part of the story. In this stunningly rich book everything is connected, and everyone is a part of everyone else. Shalimar the Clownis a true work of the era of globalization, intricately mingling lives and countries, and finding unexpected and sometimes tragic connections between the seemingly disparate. The violent fate of Kashmir recalls Strasbourg's experience in World War Two; Resistance heroism against the Nazis counterpoints Al-Qaeda's terror in Pakistan, North Africa and the Philippines. 1960s Pachigam is not so far from post-war London, or the Hollywood-driven present-day Los Angeles where Max's daughter by Boonyi, India Ophuls, beautiful, strong-willed, modern, waits, as vengeance plays itself out.

A powerful love story, intensely political and historically informed, Shalimar the Clownis also profoundly human, an involving story of people's lives, desires and crises - India Ophuls' desperate search for her real mother, for example; Max's wife's attempts to deal with his philandering - as well as, in typical Rushdie fashion, a magical tale where the dead speak and the future can be foreseen.

Shalimar the Clownis steeped in both the Hindu epic Ramayana and the great European novelists, melding the storytelling traditions of east and west into a magnificently fruitful blend - and serves, itself, as a corrective to the destructive clashes of values it scorchingly depicts. Enthralling, comic and amazingly abundant, it will no doubt come to be seen as one of the key books of our time.

 
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Hardback Editions

September 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: Shalimar the Clown
Author(s): Salman Rushdie
ISBN: 0679463356 / 9780679463351 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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September 2005 : UK Hardback
Title: Shalimar The Clown
Author(s): Salman Rushdie
ISBN: 0224061615 / 9780224061612 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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September 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: Shalimar the Clown
Author(s): Salman Rushdie
ISBN: 0676977545 / 9780676977547 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf Canada
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January 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: Shalimar the clown
Author(s): Salman RUSHDIE
ISBN: 141934000X / 9781419340000 (USA edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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2005 : USA Hardback
Title: Shalimar the Clown Large Print
Author(s): Salman Rushdie
ISBN: 0375728473 / 9780375728471 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random Large Print
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Paperback Editions

January 2006 : UK Paperback
Title: Shalimar the Clown
Author(s): Salman Rushdie
ISBN: 009949809X / 9780099498094 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage Books
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October 2006 : USA Paperback
Title: SHALIMAR THE CLOWN
Author(s): Salman Rushdie
ISBN: 0676977553 / 9780676977554 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Books
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October 2006 : USA Paperback
Title: Shalimar the Clown: A Novel
Author(s): Salman Rushdie
ISBN: 0679783482 / 9780679783480 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
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October 2006 : UK Paperback
Title: Shalimar The Clown
Author(s): Salman Rushdie
ISBN: 0099421887 / 9780099421887 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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October 2006 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Shalimar the Clown (Perfect Paperback)
Author(s): Salman Rushdie
ISBN: 0812976983 / 9780812976984 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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September 2005 : UK Paperback
Title: Shalimar the Clown
Author(s): Salman Rushdie
ISBN: 0224077848 / 9780224077842 (UK edition)
Publisher: QPD
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Audio Editions

December 2005 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Shalimar the Clown
Author(s): Salman Rushdie
ISBN: 1402576617 / 9781402576614 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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August 2005 : USA Audio CD
Title: Shalimar the Clown
Author(s): Salman Rushdie
ISBN: 1419339990 / 9781419339998 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

October 2008 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Shalimar The Clown
Author(s): Salman Rushdie

Publisher: Vintage Digital
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September 2005 : USA Kindle edition
Title: Shalimar the Clown: A Novel
Author(s): Salman Rushdie

Publisher: Random House
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