Salman Rushdie combines magic realism with a fierce rivalry to illustrate his central theme - that shame begets violence and violence begets shame.

Shame is set in an imaginary country that strongly resembles Pakistan - a vast, sprawling canvas that illuminates its history, language and politics. The story involves the rivalry between two very different men - one a celebrated warrior, the other a debauched playboy - who are engaged in a protracted duel that is played out in the political landscape of their country.

The Booker Prize 1983
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Jonathan Cape
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Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie

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Salman Rushdie has been nominated for the Booker Prize seven times, winning in 1981, and was knighted for services to literature in 2007.
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Other nominated books by Salman Rushdie

The Enchantress of Florence
Shalimar the Clown
The Moor's Last Sigh
The Satanic Verses
Midnight's Children
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