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Mr. Rushdie, the author of Midnight's Children, The Satanic Verses and The Ground Beneath Her Feet, reads from his newest novel, Shalimar the Clown.

This event took place on November 3, 2005.

Enjoy the excerpts? Don't miss the complete Shalimar the Clown.
©2005 92 nd Street Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association (P)2005 92 nd Street Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association

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In the midst of genius

This time I read the blurb correctly; it is indeed Rusdie interviewed by Hitchens. It's not as good as the one I picked up by mistake (which is all interview and wherein they rehearse some of the stories that they abbreviate in this version), but it is still very entertaining.
Rushdie reads extracts from his then new release, Shalimar the Clown ( a great book). The reading is not great, but the insight, the wit and the freakish brilliance of Rushdie is on show in every word of every line. The little tribute to great Indian writers (by Hitchens) is also very interesting.
Another hour well spent. When someone asks you that old chestnut, if you could have dinner with anyone at all, you'll know to say Salmund (alas, Hitchens has left us).

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A literate and orderly discussion.

An entertaining, literate discussion with writer Salman Rushdie on his writing process, literary judgments, and varied interests.

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Vivid characters

Salman makes a blend of sensuality, inner and outer turmoil, and lives lived parallel to fanaticism. Powerful!

I'd be happy to see this become an audio book.

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  • 04-15-21

Very interesting.

I bought this because it features the late great Christopher Hitchens, however I was pleasantly surprised by how brilliant Salman Rushdie is.

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  • 08-28-17

Hitchens and Rushdie great together

Two interesting people having a discussion about various interesting things with a bit of reading from Rushdie's book. Worth a listen.