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Shalimar the Clown

by Salman Rushdie
£9.99   paperback  Vintage (2006)

Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie The place is 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.

"A brilliant symphony...exceptional...one of Rushdie's best novels yet."
(Independent)

ISBN 13: 9780099421887 | ISBN 10: 0099421887

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