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Salman Rushdie's first novel - reissued with a stunning new jacket.

Flapping Eagle is a young Indian given the gift of immortality after drinking a magic fluid. Tiring of the burden of immortal life he sets off to find the mystical Calf Island, where he can rejoin the human race. His journey is peopled with strange assortments of characters, including the clumsy, loquacious Virgil Jones; his ugly, tragic companion, Dolores O'Toole; the wicked conjurer, Nicholas Deggle; the dainty, light-spirited Elfrida Gribb; and the enigmatic, pervasive Grimus, creator and controller of the mysterious island.

An enticing combination of science fantasy, storytelling and folklore makes this first novel by Salman Rushdie an epic adventure truly unlike any other.

Reviews

Thunderous and touching

Financial Times

Engrossing and wonderful

Los Angeles Times

Ambitious, strikingly confident

Times Literary Supplement

Stimulating, funny, a thoroughly good read

Harpers & Queen

A mixture of science fiction and folktale, past and future, primitive and present day... Grimus is a parallel form of life, and conjuring of an alternative society

Financial Times

A fireworks of a book: beautiful, funny and endlessly surprising

Ursula Le Guin

Grimus is one of those novels some people will say is too good to be science fiction, even though it contains other universes, dimensional doorways, alien creatures and more than one madman... A book to be read twice...Grimus is science fiction in the best sense of the word. It is literate, it is fun, it is meaningful and perhaps most important, it pushes the boundaries of the form outward

Los Angeles Times

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Formats & editions

  • EBook

    9781409058892

    December 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    336 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780099592716

    September 6, 1996

    Vintage

    336 pages

    RRP $26.99

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