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Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie

Shalimar the Clown

by Salman Rushdie

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In the small village of Pachigam, in India-occupied Kashmir, Shalimar is the village headman's son. By 14, he is an accomplished tightrope walker in the local performing troupe. Shalimar, a Muslim, falls in love with Boonyi, the daughter of a Hindu neighbor. When the two are caught trysting one night, the Pachigam council of elders decides that the two teenagers must marry to save face. Meanwhile Kashmir is becoming a battleground between the enemy nations of India and Pakistan. It is only a matter of time before the effects of this conflict will begin to unravel daily life in Pachigam. Max Ophulus, the newly-appointed American ambassador to India, visits Pachigam on a goodwill tour. He is treated to a performance by the village troupe, where Boonyi is the featured dancer. Max, an insatiable womanizer, woos Boonyi, and the two elope to New Delhi. Swearing revenge on Boonyi and her lover, Shalimar, abandons his role as circus performer and begins a journey that will take him halfway around the globe and into a complex moral confrontation.

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