Salman Rushdie asks what we do when the world’s walls - its family structures, its value-systems, its political forms - start to crumble.
‘Moor’ Zogoiby finds himself in such a moment of crisis. Moor first falls in love with a married woman. When their secret is revealed, both are expelled. A suicide pact is proposed, but only the woman dies. In response, Moor plunges into a life of depravity in Bombay, then becomes embroiled in a major financial scandal. The novel ends in Spain, in a violent climax. Moor has, once again, to decide whether to save the life of his lover by sacrificing his own.