Shalimar the Clown
in Salman Rushdie
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This chapter discusses Rushdie's ninth novel, Shalimar the Clown. Shalimar suggests a new development in Rushdie's career, to the extent that it fuses the interest in US-led globalisation apparent in the novels of his middle period (The Ground Beneath Her Feet and Fury) with the sustained focus on a South Asian national experience apparent in the novels of his early period (Midnight's Children and Shame). In this instance, Rushdie takes as his principal subject matter the state of Kashmir, homeland of his maternal grandfather and one-time favourite location for Rushdie family holidays. Prior to the publication of Shalimar, Kashmir had not received sustained attention from Rushdie, though it does loom up, like a troubling ghost, in most of his South Asian fictions.


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