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'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.

Reviews

'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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  • EBook

    9781409058878

    February 1, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    448 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780099592419

    August 9, 1996

    Vintage

    448 pages

    RRP $26.99

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