Shalimar the Clown

by Salman Rushdie
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The two links below take you to two comprehensive analyses of Rushdie's novel on this site. The book is a meditation on how the process of globalization has made the different and apparently far apart areas of our world extremely interconnected and interdependent. The seemingly private and intimate story of...

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The two links below take you to two comprehensive analyses of Rushdie's novel on this site. The book is a meditation on how the process of globalization has made the different and apparently far apart areas of our world extremely interconnected and interdependent. The seemingly private and intimate story of an American ambassador's seduction of a young Kashmiri dancer sets in motion a plot of epic dimensions which includes themes such as terrorism and international political and military alliances. The reference to the figure of the clown from the very title seems particularly fitting for a novel pervaded by postmodernist playfulness and distrust of unified, chronological narratives with a linear development. To quote the end of the second analysis, Shalimar the Clown is

the mixture of comedy, seriousness of purpose, and multicultural imagination that are exactly what readers have come to expect from the fiction of Salman Rushdie.

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