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.

The Booker Prize 1995
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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 Satanic Verses
Midnight's Children
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