Shalimar the Clown: A Novel

Shalimar the Clown - Salman Rushdie The subject matter caused a bit of controversy (yet again) for Rushdie when critics accused him of sympathizing with terrorists.

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

This is not about ideology or jingoism, it's a difficult and complex story about the fragile nature of the human heart, of innocents caught in the crossfire and the terrible disregard of certain insitutions for culture, history and family.

Beautifully crafted and heart breaking, this is not a book for the faint of heart or for a reader who needs a happy, fully resolved ending.