(c) 1999; London, UK: Jonathan Cape, 1999; ISBN: 0224044192
There is a brief description of it in Oct 26 & Nov 2, 1998’s New Yorker (pg. 56). It seems Rushdie has come through on his promise to write about Rock N Roll, but delayed his departure from the Indian milleu (he said that he might not write about India since he has lost touch with the country). The novel reportedly reads like the Orpheus myth, and describes the life of an Indian rock singer Vina Aspara. Rushdie says he wanted to write about “the triangle of art, love, and death” and that’s what it’s all about, with an earthquake thrown in for good measure.
Pankaj Mishra’s review from Outlook.
CNN’s page on the novel includes the text of Chapter One.
Salman Rushdie, enfant du rock an interview in Le Monde