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  • Published: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409058878
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448
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The Moor's Last Sigh




'India has produced a great novelist...a master of perpetual storytelling' V.S. Pritchett, New Yorker

What do we do when the world's walls - its family structures, its value-systems, it political forms - crumble? The central character of this novel, 'Moor' Zogoiby, only son of a wealthy, artistic-bohemian Bombay family, finds himself in such a moment of crisis. His mother, a famous painter and an emotional despot, worships beauty, but Moor is ugly, he has a deformed hand. Moor falls in love, with a married woman; when their secret is revealed, both are expelled; a suicide pact is proposed, but only the woman dies. Moor chooses to accept his fate, plunges into a life of depravity in Bombay, then becomes embroiled in a major financial scandal. The novel ends in Spain, in the studio of a painter who was a lover of Moor's mother: in a violent climax Moor has, one more, to decide whether to save the life of his lover by sacrificing his own.

  • Pub date: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409058878
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

About the Author

Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie is the author of thirteen previous novels – Grimus, Midnight’s Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown, The Enchantress of Florence, Luka and the Fire of Life, Two Years, Eight Months, and Twenty-Eight Nights, and The Golden House – and one collection of short stories: East, West. He has also published four works of non-fiction – Joseph Anton, The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands, and Step Across This Line – and co-edited two anthologies, Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. A former president of PEN American Center, Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for services to literature.

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Praise for The Moor's Last Sigh

“'A wonderful book' Independent on Sunday”

“The most complete and gratifying work to emerge from Salman Rushdie's imagination...The Moor's Last Sign is an exotic story, in its setting, in its characters, in its punning extravagance, and in its deeply human core. It is an extraordinary family saga...full of wonderful characters, and the insight born of genuine reflection...A remarkable spell of creativity.”

Edmonton Journal

“A rich, wonderfully readable novel.”

Toronto Star

“One of the most wonderful works of political art I have encountered, a novel to rival Turgenev's "Fathers and Sons, or Dante's "Divine Comedy..."The Moor's Last Sigh is one of the most admirable novels I've ever read.”

Ottawa Citizen

“Salman Rushdie's greatest novel...held me in its thrall and provided the richest fictional experience of 1995”

Sunday Times

“Rushdie is still our most exhilaratingly inventive prose stylist, a writer of breathtaking originality”

Financial Times

“Endlessly inventive, witty, digressional and diverting”

Observer


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