Salman Rushdie’s tragicomic tale is very much of our deranged time, but was inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ classic Don Quixote.
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.
About the AuthorSalman Rushdie has been nominated for the Booker Prize seven times, winning in 1981, and was knighted for services to literature in 2007.