(c) 1983; New York: Knopf; ISBN: 0394534085
This book is perhaps Rushdie's most personal work. "Shame" is about that emotion which we are all subject to. Before we can complete the process of understanding how it both fetters us and is responsible for what we are, we must see people enduring shame, and those to whom it is alien. The book is apt to leave a bad taste in the reader mouth, but that is probably because it resonates with sharpness. Rushdie does not make compromises in this book. And that is why the book remains so forceful. The novel opens doors that let us peer into the universally fine cobweb-shrouds that we call takaluf, sharam and the writer's mind, to see what lies within.
From "Shame", page 72:
Fortunately, however, I am only telling a sort of modern fairy-tale, so that's all right; nobody need get upset, or take anything I say too seriously. No drastic actions ned be taken either.
What a relief!
And from page 125:
Shame was awarded the French "Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger".
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