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Shalimar el payaso

by Salman Rushdie

Los Ángeles, 1991. El embajador Maximilian Ophuls es asesinado a plena luz del día en la puerta de la casa de India, su hija ilegítima, víctima del cuchillo de su chófer musulmán, originario de Cachemira, que se hace llamar Shalimar el payaso. Maximilian Ophuls es un héroe de la resistencia de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, un hombre de gran talento intelectual y fuerte atractivo erótico, ex embajador estadounidense en la India y jefe antiterrorista de Estados Unidos. A primera vista, el crimen parece ser de naturaleza política, pero pronto se descubre que el móvil no es tan simple. Esta es la historia de Max, su asesino y su hija, y de un cuarto personaje, la mujer que les une. Es un relato épico que se mueve entre California, Cachemira, Francia e Inglaterra. Por el camino encontramos historias de princesas raptadas por demonios, leyendas de reyes que defienden sus tierras del mal. En Shalimar el payaso hay bondad capaz de hacer milagros, pero también hay guerra sucia,inevitable e interminable. Y, como siempre, está el amor, conquistado y perdido, con su rara belleza y su mortal peligro.

Shalimar the Clown

by Salman Rushdie

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.

Shame

by Salman Rushdie

In this brilliant novel, Salman Rushdie masterfully combines history, art, language, politics, and religion. Set in a country "not quite Pakistan," the story centers around the families of two men -- one a celebrated warrior, the other, a debauched playboy engaged in a protracted duel that is played out in the political landscape of their country. Shame is a tour de force and a fitting predecessor to the author's legendary novel, The Satanic Verses.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Shame

by Salman Rushdie

The novel that set the stage for his modern classic, The Satanic Verses, Shame is Salman Rushdie's phantasmagoric epic of an unnamed country that is "not quite Pakistan." In this dazzling tale of an ongoing duel between the families of two men-one a celebrated wager of war, the other a debauched lover of pleasure-Rushdie brilliantly portrays a world caught between honor and humiliation-"shamelessness, shame: the roots of violence." Shame is an astonishing story that grows more timely by the day.From the Trade Paperback edition.

La sonrisa del jaguar

by Salman Rushdie

Rushdie viajó a Nicaragua en 1986, en plena revolución sandinista, sin ideas preconcebidas de lo que se iba a encontrar. Lo que descubrió le impresionó sobremanera: una cultura de héroes convertidos en objetos inanimados, y de políticos y guerrilleros que eran poetas; una tierra difícil, llena de hermosas contradicciones. Con su mirada, sobre la que seimpre pesa su especial sensibilidad, Rushdie nos descubre una tierra en la que resuena continuamente el estruendo del choque entre historia y moral, entre el gobierno y los individuos. Un preciso y obsesivo retrato de la gente, la política, la tierra y la literatura de un país sumergido en la revolución.

Step Across This Line

by Salman Rushdie

From one of the great novelists of our day, a vital, brilliant new book of essays, speeches and articles essential for our times. Step Across This Line showcases the other side of one of fiction's most astonishing conjurors. On display is Salman Rushdie's incisive, thoughtful and generous mind, in prose that is as entertaining as it is topical. The world is here, captured in pieces on a dazzling array of subjects: from New York's Amadou Diallo case to the Wizard of Oz, from U2 to fifty years of Indian writing, from a tribute to Angela Carter to the struggle to film Midnight's Children. The title essay was originally delivered at Yale as the 2002 Tanner lecture on human values, and examines the changing meaning of frontiers in the modern world -- moral and metaphorical frontiers as well as physical ones.The collection chronicles Rushdie's intellectual journeys, but it is also an intimate invitation into his life: he explores his relationship to India through a moving diary of his first visit there in over a decade, "A Dream of Glorious Return." Step Across This Line also includes "Messages From the Plague Years," a historic set of letters, articles and reflections on life under the fatwa. Gathered together for the first time, this is Rushdie's humane, intelligent and angry response to a grotesque threat, aimed not just at him but at free expression itself.Step Across This Line, Salman Rushdie's first collection of non-fiction in a decade, has the same energy, imagination and erudition as his astounding novels -- along with some very strong opinions.From the Hardcover edition.

El suelo bajo sus pies

by Salman Rushdie

Esta es la historia de cómo Vina Apsara, una cantante famosa de voz salvaje e irresistible, desapareció en un terremoto devastador y de cómo Ormus Cama, su amante, la encontró, la perdió y volvió a encontrarla. Rai, un fotógrafo amigo de Ormus y amante ocasional de Vina, narra la historia en su propia voz, una voz llena de rabia, sabiduría, amor y humor. El suelo bajo sus pies es, en definitiva, la historia de un amor que se prolonga más allá de la muerte, una revisión del mito de Orfeo y también un retrato del fracasado encuentro entre Oriente y Occidente. En resumidas cuentas, un relato de amor, muerte y rocknroll.«Una novela exuberante y lisérgica. Rushdie apabulla.»The Washington Post

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

by Salman Rushdie

From one of the greatest writers of our time: the most spellbinding, entertaining, wildly imaginative novel of his great career, which blends history and myth with tremendous philosophical depth. A masterful, mesmerizing modern tale about worlds dangerously colliding, the monsters that are unleashed when reason recedes, and a beautiful testament to the power of love and humanity in chaotic times. Inspired by 2,000 years of storytelling yet rooted in the concerns of our present moment, this is a spectacular achievement--enchanting, both very funny and terrifying. It is narrated by our descendants 1000 years hence, looking back on "The War of the Worlds" that began with "the time of the strangenesses": a simple gardener begins to levitate; a baby is born with the unnerving ability to detect corruption in people; the ghosts of two long-dead philosophers begin arguing once more; and storms pummel New York so hard that a crack appears in the universe, letting in the destructive djinns of myth (as well as some graphic superheroes). Nothing less than the survival of our world is at stake. Only one, a djinn princess who centuries before had learned to love humankind, resolves to help us: in the face of dynastic intrigue, she raises an army composed of her semi-magical great-great--etc.--grandchildren--a motley crew of endearing characters who come together to save the world in a battle waged for 1,001 nights--or, to be precise, two years, eight months and twenty-eight nights.

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

by Salman Rushdie

From Salman Rushdie, one of the great writers of our time, comes a spellbinding work of fiction that blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story. A lush, richly layered novel in which our world has been plunged into an age of unreason, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights is a breathtaking achievement and an enduring testament to the power of storytelling. In the near future, after a storm strikes New York City, the strangenesses begin. A down-to-earth gardener finds that his feet no longer touch the ground. A graphic novelist awakens in his bedroom to a mysterious entity that resembles his own sub-Stan Lee creation. Abandoned at the mayor's office, a baby identifies corruption with her mere presence, marking the guilty with blemishes and boils. A seductive gold digger is soon tapped to combat forces beyond imagining. Unbeknownst to them, they are all descended from the whimsical, capricious, wanton creatures known as the jinn, who live in a world separated from ours by a veil. Centuries ago, Dunia, a princess of the jinn, fell in love with a mortal man of reason. Together they produced an astonishing number of children, unaware of their fantastical powers, who spread across generations in the human world. Once the line between worlds is breached on a grand scale, Dunia's children and others will play a role in an epic war between light and dark spanning a thousand and one nights--or two years, eight months, and twenty-eight nights. It is a time of enormous upheaval, in which beliefs are challenged, words act like poison, silence is a disease, and a noise may contain a hidden curse. Inspired by the traditional "wonder tales" of the East, Salman Rushdie's novel is a masterpiece about the age-old conflicts that remain in today's world. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights is satirical and bawdy, full of cunning and folly, rivalries and betrayals, kismet and karma, rapture and redemption.Praise for Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights"In these nested, swirling tales, Rushdie conjures up a whole universe of jinn slithering across time and space, meddling in human affairs and copulating like they've just been released from twenty years in a lamp. . . . Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights translates the bloody upheavals of our last few decades into the comic-book antics of warring jinn wielding bolts of fire, mystical transmutations and rhyming battle spells."--The Washington Post"Replete with fantastical creatures, scary monsters, very bad men (or rather, male jinns/genies) and one heroic woman . . . While Rushdie has written hyped up sagas of worlds colliding before, and always espouses reason over fanaticism, there is something so loopy, so unleashed, about this tale as to make it particularly thrilling."--New York Daily News"[A] rambunctious, satirical, and bewitching metaphysical fable, perhaps his most thoroughly enjoyable to date . . . Rushdie is having wickedly wise fun here."--Booklist (starred review) "Beguiling and astonishing, wonderful and wondrous. Rushdie at his best."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"Referencing Henry James, Mel Brooks, Mickey Mouse, Gracian, Bravo TV, and Aristotle, among others, Rushdie provides readers with an intellectual treasure chest cleverly disguised as a comic pop-culture apocalyptic caprice."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)From the Hardcover edition.

El último suspiro del moro

by Salman Rushdie

Saludada por la crítica como la mejor obra de su autor hasta la fecha, El último suspiro del Moro crea, a partir del caos cultural de Bombay, una metáfora universal sobre la decadencia del mundo contemporáneo. Pero también un himno al amor y a la belleza del mundo. Y un alegato contra las fronteras que separan a los países y a los individuos."Utilizando de manera personalísima los recursos del realismo mágico esta saga familiar que recorre todo el siglo XX, combina genialmente lo cómico y lo fantástico, la invención y la narración histórica, y crea, con todo ello, un conjunto desbordante de vitalidad."Malcolm Bradbury"Una novela absolutamente fabulosa."Sunday Times"Un libro maravilloso, exuberante por su colorido y textura, de una envergadura magnífica, y enloquecidamente divertido."The Independent

Vergüenza

by Salman Rushdie

Vergüenza es una tragedia, en palabras del autor "representada por payasos", por actores que no dan la talla, y ambientada en un país "ligeramente segado de la realidad", Peccavistán, donde la vergüenza y la desvergüenza, combinadas en furiosa maldición, se abaten una y otra vez sobre los protagonistas, determinando sus vidas y su muerte. Protagonistas que conforman una insólita galería: Omar Khayyam, hijo de tres madres; Bilquis, que se queda desnuda en plena calle; el general Hyder, con ojeras como gafas de sol; Iskander Harappa, un dictador a quien ahorcan después de muerto; la virgen Bragas de Hierro; Buenas Noticias Hyder, condenada a parir hijos cada año en progresión aritmética; y la heroína de la novela: Sufiya Zenobia, la bella y la bestia en una sola persona...Uno de los títulos fundamentales de un escritor extraordinario.

Los versos satánicos

by Salman Rushdie

Un avión secuestrado estalla a gran altura sobre el canal de la Mancha. Dos supervivientes caen al mar: Gibrel Farishta, un legendario galán cinematográfico, y Saladin Chamcha, el hombre de las mil voces, autodidacta y anglófilo furibundo. Consiguen llegar a una playa inglesa y notan unos extraños cambios: uno ha adquirido una aureola y el otro ve con horror cómo crece el vello de sus piernas, los pies se le convierten en cascos y las sienes le abultan...Los versos satánicos es la novela más célebre, iconoclasta y polémica de Salman Rushdie. Una referencia ineludible de la literatura de nuestro tiempo.

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