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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,633 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Salman Rushdie Narrator: Aasif Mandvi Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From Salman Rushdie—New York Times bestselling author, Booker Prize winner, and one of the great voices in contemporary literature—comes a majestic novel that solidifies the author’s right to a Nobel Prize, which Kirkus Reviews says “he deserves more than any other living writer. In Shalimar the Clown, Rushdie effortlessly weaves a series of interconnected narratives to form a sweeping and ambitious tale—at once timeless and startlingly modern—that reaches back through the years and across the continents. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Brilliantly invented…Shalimar the Clown is a powerful parable about the willing and unwilling subversion of multiculturalism.”

    William T. Vollman, National Book Award–winning author of Europe Central

  • “[Rushdie’s] novels pour by in a sparkling, voracious onrush, each wave topped with foam, each paragraph luxurious and delicious.”

    New Yorker

  • “To inhale Salman Rushdie’s richly textured, exotic prose is to realize the insipid nature of most contemporary fiction…Genius…A master of the global novel.”

    USA Today

  • “Rushdie’s most engaging book since Midnight’s Children. It is a lament. It is a revenge story. It is a love story. And it is a warning.”

    Observer (London)

  • “While readers might stumble over the Kashmiri, Indian, and Pakistani names and accents, Mandvi glides right through them, allowing us to engage with Rushdie’s well-wrought characters and sagas. Mandvi has a calm, quiet storyteller voice…leaving us to relish the sounds and images and rhythms of Rushdie’s language.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “To characterize the novel as ‘rich’ seems inadequately broad as…a cogent descriptor of Rushdie’s sheer and magnificent talent. His beautifully metaphoric language and sly sense of humor keep his complex plot, with its layers of personal and cosmic meaning, tightly woven.”


  • “Vintage Rushdie…A magical-realist masterpiece that equals, and arguably surpasses, the achievements of Midnight’s Children, Shame, and The Moor’s Last Sigh. The Swedes won’t dare to offend Islam by giving Rushie the Nobel Prize he deserves more than any other living writer. Injustice rules.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2005 Booklist Editors’ Choice
  • A 2005 Whitbread Award Finalist
  • A 2005 Time Magazine Top 10 Book
  • Longlisted for the 2005 Man Booker Prize
  • A 2005 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Elzza | 2/11/2014

    " most recent rushdie i've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Phil | 2/6/2014

    " It's good for Rushdie fans, especially those interested in the process by which Kashmir turned from paradise to hell. Entertaining reflections on LA also. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amie | 2/2/2014

    " a delightful tale of revenge! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marvin | 1/29/2014

    " This is one of those stories where the personal is intensely political. The story is told in reverse chronological order mainly through four main characters: a WWII French Resistance fighter who later becomes an ambassador to India, where he has an affair with a married Kashmiri woman, who has his baby; that daughter (who's least carefully drawn); the Kashmiri woman; and her husband, who becomes a terrorist after his betrayal. And Kashmir itself is another character, portrayed here (in a story I didn't know at all) as a borderland of great beauty between India & Pakistan. It's a very engaging book, but without the virtuosity of The Ground Beneath Her Feet. "

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