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Shame: A Novel

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The novel that set the stage for his modern classic, The Satanic Verses, Shame is Salman Rushdie’s phantasmagoric epic of an unnamed country that is “not quite Pakistan.” In this dazzling tale of an ongoing duel between the families of two men–one a celebrated wager of war, the other a debauched lover of pleasure–Rushdie brilliantly portrays a world caught between honor an ...more
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Published February 16th 2011 by Random House (first published 1983)
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Shame - a perfect tool of mass control for those who are shameless enough to use it!

Oh, for those of you who are not familiar with Salman Rushdie’s storytelling skills: even his characters suffer from confusion and dizziness while he is working on them. Somewhat nauseous after the ride, I try to put two sentences together that make sense of the extraordinary reading experience I just had. It is hard, though, for more happens in a subclause in Rushdie’s universe than other people manage to put i
Oct 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I reread SHAME this weekend and was once again reminded why Rushdie is one of the greatest authors of our time. In Shame he addresses may levels but this last reading I focused on how he has intertwined the relationship of Shame throughout the levels of our human experience. He draws his characters so that there many layered motivations and convoluted histories speak to more than simply internal shame but also how actions on level produce effects that reach as broad as national politics and hist ...more
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

القراءة لسلمان رشدي تهمة جزافية , فكل من يرى كتبه عندي يربط لاإراديًا بين الاسم وجريمته المزعومة آيات شيطانية (والتي لم أقرأها بعد) , بداية من الأصدقاء حتى أبي , الملتزم دينيًا الذي ما إن رأى أعمال لرشدي ضمن مكتبتي حتى استفسر قائلًا : أليس هذا صاحب آيات شيطانية ؟ فقلت له : نعم ولكني لم أقتنيها . فاكتفى بنظرة امتعاض و رفض .

المهم : أنا بحب أسلوب سلمان رشدي , الأسلوب المعقد البسيط في آن واحد , الخلط المبهر بين الواقع والخيال , بين الحلم والحقيقة , ذلك المزيج المبهر الذي يضمن لك متعة أدبية رائعة , م
Ahmad Sharabiani
261. Shame, Salman Rushdie
Shame is Salman Rushdie's third novel, published in 1983. Like most of Rushdie's work, this book was written in the style of magic realism. It portrays the lives of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (Iskander Harappa) and General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq (General Raza Hyder) and their relationship. The central theme of the novel is that violence is born out of shame. The concepts of 'shame' and 'shamelessness' are explored through all of the characters, with main focus on Sufiya Zinobia a
Paakhi Srivastava
Dear Sir Rushdie

Shame is an excellent satire written in your plainspoken magic realism prose, which has left me awestruck. It is astounding how perfectly you lamented the political state of affairs in Pakistan with that of unrest of hypothetical country Q. The chronicle of the shift in political powers and musings on deeper realms of human mind weaved together by an exotic language yet a quality prose is much appreciated.

Authors would like to write a gripping story for masses, you write for your
Greg Brozeit
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
“Between shame and shamelessness lies the axis upon which we turn; meteorological conditions at both these poles are of the most extreme, ferocious type. Shamelessness, shame: the roots of violence.”

Brilliant. Just brilliant. In this surreal parable, Rushdie makes a compelling case that shame is the perhaps the most important—and overlooked—influence on public and private life. Shame is the “paltry” translation of the Arabic sharam, which protagonist Omar Khayyam Shakil’s three mothers “forbad
MJ Nicholls
The overcaffeinated narrator of this exasperating novel brought me to the point where the obvious linguistic dexterity, the crazily exuberant frolic in words and wordplay taking place—normally characteristics that earn my instant devotion—made dragging myself through another page a masochistic exercise. Too entertaining and amusing to abandon for the most part, the novel teased me past the point of no escape (200pp or so), and with each manic, madcap précis of the thousand events taking place in ...more
Makis Dionis
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kali-ind
Σπονδυλωτό.... παραμυθένιο... αιθέριο... σουρεαλιστικό

Πρωταγωνιστούν ανόητοι τρελοί....Ουισκομανείς, καταλαβαίνετε....
λάτρεις του ωραίου και του αμαρτωλού, που θέλουν να το τσούζουν κ έτσι είναι έτοιμοι να τα διαλύσουν όλα...

Αλλά δεν κατάφερα να μείνω μαζί τους, με τον τρόπο που θα θελα
Ravi Gangwani
"It was once explained to me by one of the world's Greatest Living Poets we mere prose scribblers must turn to poets for wisdom, which is why this book is littered with them."

"The epicure against the puritan is, the book tells us, the true dialectic of history. Forget left-right,capitalism-socialism,black-white. Virtue versus vice, ascetic versus bawd, in the Fifteenth Century ?God against the Devil: that's the game."

I Loved Loved Loved it till infinity. Soon I'll give a re-reading to it again.
Apr 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: india
Although I always list Rushdie as one of my favorite authors of all time, it had been almost ten years since I picked up one of his books. So when I came across Shame in 12th Street books, I decided to dive back in.

I loved the way that the story kept leaping ahead of itself, rushing ahead like an impatient child to tell you things that wouldn’t happen until much later, and when they did happen how different they were from the expectations that had been seeded. The narrator of Shame, like many of
شادي  عبد العزيز
كما توقعت لما تخذلني الرواية، وتظهر سمات مشتركة بينها وبين الرواية السابقة (أطفال منتصف الليل)

استخدام التاريخ كمادة حكائية، ولكن التاريخ عند سلمان رشدي ليس هو كل الحكاية، فقط هو أداة، جزء من بناء الحدوتة، والحدوتة ليست دقيقة تاريخيا بالضرورة، كما أنها ليست مشغولة كثيرا بسؤال الحقيقة، سلمان رشدي قادر على تقديم حدوتة جميلة، وإجبارك على تصديقهاـ كما أن التناقض بين معرفة القارئ بحدث تاريخي معين وما يضفيه عليه رشدي من خيالات مثير للضحك أحيانا، ومثير للخيال في أكثر الأحيان.

لكل شخصية في روايتي سلمان رش
Sara Jesus
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, romance
" Shame" é o título da obra de Salman Rushdie que podia ser um tratado político ou religioso sobre o Paquistão, devido aos comentários que o próprio autor faz ao longo da história.
Mas é também uma fábula sobre o bem e o mal, um relato da história europeia/oriental ... Principalmente este romance corresponde a um conto de fadas monstruoso, lembrando-nos de histórias como a " Bela e o monstro" ou " Dr.Jkel e Dr.Hyde". Mas nada semelhantes na sua essência.

Conta a aventura da "criança macaco" cri
Nov 30, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shame is an undesired sperm that impregnates human psychic with acute guilt and discomfort to procreate a shameless fiend amid continual cerebral labor pains. Molded on a fictionalized caricature of Pakistan’s opinionated and influential communal strata it incubates the embryonic mesh of brutality resulting in social and personal turmoil.

Rushdie along with his emotive quandary constantly appears to be a lost child meandering on the South Asian political-cultural perimeter. With Satanic Verses an
A wonderful book! I can see why so many people like Salman Rushdie. (I can also see why religious types may become offended.)

Mr. Rushdie has a wonderful style. He really makes you feel like you are in Pakistan. That women and men there are really like this. His descriptions of the machinations of government and the women behind the men is absorbing.

In many ways, he reminds me of the magical realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Can't wait to read my next Rushdie novel!
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am undecided as to award this book with fours stars or three.
It's a surreal story with some unforgettable characters.

It was surely worth the ride but I must confess that during the first hundred pages I was ready to shamelessly chuck it aside. I am glad I didn't. This is a story that'll stick with me for quite a while.

Ok...... 4 stars
The controversy surrounding the reign and relationship of late Prime Minister of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and his Commander-In-Chief at the time, Zia-Ul Haq has captured the imagination of the world for a long long time. I had heard vague stories about this conflict as a boy but had never really understood what had ensued before and after the successful coup that Zia undertook, overthrowing Bhutto and becoming the President of Pakistan himself. This was one of the primary points of attractio ...more
Hosam Diab
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الرواية الثانية التي أقرأها للمؤلف بعد رائعته أطفال منتصف الليل. ينحو المؤلف إلى الرمزية، وبدل أن يتستر وراء الشخوص والأحداث، فإنه عبر الراوي (المؤلف) يسخر من هذه الرمزية، ويعزز ارتباطها بباكستان: بلاد الله. لا يخفي الراوي/ المؤلف كراهيته للنسق الاجتماعي المحدد للشرق، حيث العار يحيق بك من كل شيء: ينز من المياه، من الأرض، من الجبال، ومن الماضي. حيث - في القصة الخيالية- تتحول (صفية زنوبيا) الفتاة المتخلفة عقلياً إلى وحش يجز الرؤوس بسبب العار، بينما يسرد الراوي/ المؤلف خبراً عن الأب الباكستاني الذي ...more
Feb 17, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
From Midnight Children on, seems that Roshdie’s preference moves tward the language rather than the narration itself. Comparing ”The ground beneath of her feet” and ”Midnight children” one comes to a more beautiful language but less interesting events.
در اثار رشدی زبان از زیبایی خارق العاده ای برخوردار است. واژه هایی که رشدی در زبان انگلیسی ابداع می کند و عمدتن مخلوطی از انگلیسی هندی- بریتانیایی ست، گاه به توجیه صحنه، عمل یا شخصیت در روایت کمک شایانی می کند. بسیاری از واژه های ابداعی رشدی در انک
Michael Finocchiaro
This was Rushdie's third novel which was an interesting story about violence and shame that brought me in contact for the first time with concepts of Sufism and the poetry of Omar Khayyam. It was as always well-written and easy to read and shows Rushdie's powers of narration growing in power and confidence.
Shame - the masterpiece of a master storyteller. I have read some Rushdie in past and every book has been an eye opener. Though his form of writing is technically called - Magical Realism. For me it’s pure and simple magical mythical storytelling. The way he writes is how ancient history is called as mythology. He picks up historical situations whether India's partition in 'Midnight's children, Kashmir extremism in 'Shalimar - the Clown, or Pakistan's politics in 'Shame' and the characters turn ...more
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rushdie has a very unique style to his storytelling; he narrates as a character outside of his tale, yet is wholly invested in it. His tone is casual, imitating the convolutions of an orally told story with not all the bits told in order. In this way, he plays with temporal and spatial linearity very freely, giving hints of the future in tantalising teasers- but still manages to surprise the reader. Shame is about politics, but it is also about families, and failures, and the fractures that can ...more
علاء بريك
العار هو ما يَصم كل الشخصيات و الأحداث في هذه الرواية ... رواية مستفزة سواء في أحداثها أو تدخلات الراوي و تعليقاته.
تحكي القصة عن الباكستان و الشخصية الرئيسية فيها هي شخصية هامشية لا دور لها لشدة سلبيتها و انهزامها و تسلقها إنها شخصية عمر الخيام شاكيل المولود من ثلاثة أمهات و شيطان.
تسير الرواية بشيء من التعقيد من المصادفات و من التناص بين الشخصيات و المواقف لكأن كل فعل لا مجال إلا لأن يحصل له رد فعل في الصفحات القادمة و بالتالي يكون محصلة القوى هذه هو الصفر و الرواية كما يُقال تفسر بعضها بعضاً.
Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably one of the best things I've ever been lucky enough to stumble across. The country that's 'Pakistan but not Pakistan' is an amalgamation of countries throughout history, - and events in Pakistan are still clearly the focus. It's an imaginative reworking of history in the style of magic realism, a polemic against theocracy and tyranny, with his main characters based on Zulfikar Ali Bhutto & Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq; and my God, it's brilliant. I'd do it a serious injustice if I attempted t ...more
I absolutely hated the first half of the novel. It seemed to drag on and on, introducing characters that I didn't find interesting in the slightest. However, it is interesting to note that as the book progresses, as the characters become more deranged (and consequently, more fascinating), I began to devour the book instead of checking how close I was to the end of a chapter every few pages.

Rushdie's style is sometimes a bit verbose, especially if you're not paying very close attention. However,
May 05, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
yuck. perhaps I'm just not as intelligent as I thought, but, I hated this book. There I said it. And, I'm just going to leave it at that.
Кремена Михайлова
Една от моите шест звезди.

Забележителна фабула, следвана до края с голямо майсторство и убедителност; водеща към размисли за индивидуални човешки прояви, в които се коренят други много по-глобални проблеми (например фанатизъм, авторитаризъм, власт и пари на всяка цена). Книга за тънката граница между срам и безсрамие (внушаването на срам чрез религия, традиции, затворени общества неусетно прераства в безсрамие и безнравственост, особено при самозабравянето във властта).

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This was my first encounter with the obscure genre of magical realism and Rushdie himself. The book is set in a fictional town of Pakistan or ‘Peccavistan’, although Rushdie elucidates that it can be any country because no one is immune to shame, even the ‘shameless’. It is an uncomfortable part of human existence which insidiously haunts our lives.

The book’s central plot deals with the relationship between Iskander Harappa and Raza Hyder, which are allegorically based on two of most influential
Alexander Barley
This book was stolen before I could finish it. I was using a picture of myself holding a puppy as my bookmark. Someone was shameless enough to steal a copy of a book titled Shame, which held a photo of its rightful owner and a puppy. Sharam. Sharam. Sharam.
David Haberlah
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indian-authors
I reread this book many years following my Pakistan encounters. It is one beautiful, philosophical, political, fantastical story in a land built on a myth. A great book to read for people from both sides of one subcontinen,t and for those in love with it.
"E' tra la vergogna e la spudoratezza l'asse su cui noi ruotiamo; su entrambi questi poli le condizioni meteorologiche sono le più estreme, le più feroci. Spudoratezza e vergogna: le radici della violenza."

Dopo il successo del suo primo vero grande romanzo, Rushdie tenta di bissare l'operazione, narrando questa volta del Pakistan, di nuovo ricorrendo a elementi del realismo magico. Con risultati decisamente deludenti. Se in I figli della mezzanotte Rushdie è stato capace di costruire un romanzo
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Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is a novelist and essayist. Much of his early fiction is set at least partly on the Indian subcontinent. His style is often classified as magical realism, while a dominant theme of his work is the story of the many connections, disruptions and migrations between the Eastern and Western world.

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