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Grimus: A Novelby Salman Rushdie
Synopses & Reviews
“A mixture of science fiction and folktale, past and future, primitive and present-day . . . Thunderous and touching.”
After drinking an elixir that bestows immortality upon him, a young Indian named Flapping Eagle spends the next seven hundred years sailing the seas with the blessing–and ultimately the burden–of living forever. Eventually, weary of the sameness of life, he journeys to the mountainous Calf Island to regain his mortality. There he meets other immortals obsessed with their own stasis and sets out to scale the island’s peak, from which the mysterious and corrosive Grimus Effect emits. Through a series of thrilling quests and encounters, Flapping Eagle comes face-to-face with the island’s creator and unwinds the mysteries of his own humanity. Salman Rushdie’s celebrated debut novel remains as powerful and as haunting as when it was first published more than thirty years ago.
“A book to be read twice . . . [Grimus] is literate, it is fun, it is meaningful, and perhaps most important, it pushes the boundaries of the form outward.”
–Los Angeles Times
Given the gift of immortality after drinking a magic fluid, Flapping Eagle sets off on a journey to the mystical Calf Island to rejoin the human race, and meets a strange assortment of characters along the way, in a new edition of the debut novel by the author of Satanic Verses. Reissue. 15,000 first printing.
A fireworks of a book: beautiful, funny, and endlessly surprising. --Ursula K. Le Guin
A mixture of science fiction and folktale, past and future, primitive and present-day. . . . Thunderous and touching. --Financial Times
Grimus is one of those novels some people will say is too good to be science fiction, even though it contains other universes, dimensional doorways, alien creatures, and more than one madman. . . . A book to be read twice . . . Grimus is science fiction in the best sense of the word. It is literate, it is fun, it is meaningful, and perhaps most important, it pushes the boundaries of the form outward. --Los Angeles Times
Ambitious, strikingly confident. --The Times Literary Supplement
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
Salman Rushdie is the author of eight novels: Fury, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, The Moor’s Last Sigh, Midnight’s Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the “Booker of Bookers”), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Grimus, and Haroun and the Sea of Stories, and one collection of short stories, East, West. He has also published a book of reportage, The Jaguar Smile, and an earlier collection of essays, Imaginary Homelands. He lives in New York and London.
Table of Contents
I: Times present — Flapping eagle — Bird-dog — Mr Sispy — Phoenix — La femme-crampon — Voyages — The gate — Mr Jones — Under calf mountain — Birds — Hump — The tremor — Dimensions — Enemies — The trunk — Snap — Ascent — Magister Anagrammari — Fever — Jonah — Strongdancer — Khallit and Mallit — The sea — Tunnel — Axona's champion — Out of order — Terror — Afterwards — Deggle — Valhalla — II: Times past — Stones — Blink — Outside the Elbaroom — Inside the Elbaroom — Invitation — Gribb — The rising son — At the Cherkassovs' — Sodomy — The swing — Black rider — Madame Jocasta — On Obsession — Ostriches & intrusion — Media — The pale sorceresses — Death — Funerals — Retreat — Kill or cure — Stone — Mrs O'Toole — Anagram — III: Grimus — Fifty-four — The stone rose.
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