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Shame ☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ Shame By Salman Rushdie ❤ – 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 uite Pakistan” In this dazzling tale of an 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 uite 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 and humiliation–“Shamelessness Shame the roots of violence” Shame is an astonishing story that grows timely by the day.

  • Paperback
  • 287 pages
  • Shame
  • Salman Rushdie
  • English
  • 11 January 2016

About the Author: Salman Rushdie

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 worldHis fourth novel The Satanic Verses led to protests from Muslims in several coun.

10 thoughts on “Shame

  1. Lisa Lisa says:

    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 happens in a subclause in Rushdie’s universe than other people manage to put into the whole plot of a 500 page novel You could argue that this is the defining novel of what makes us human mythologically speaking After all one of the most popular myths in world history claims that the transition between animal and human was based on the feeling of shameEve who as a woman has to add guilt and shamelessness to her curiosity and subseuent shame steps out of the boundaries set to her by an omniscient authority an authoritarian and blindly intolerant government focused on keeping the status uo rather than on development She eats of the tree of knowledge The first thing she learns is that there is a commandment for humans as opposed to animals which she was not aware of before“Thou shalt not be naked”As it is a rather random commandment in a world where the sun is always shining and where creatures live in natural harmony Eve needs to be coerced into accepting it as a valid and non negotiable tradition She needs to feel SHAME in order to get dressed Then she needs to feel GUILT about having found out that she is naked And she needs to be PUNISHED for thinking and acting on her own the most dangerous thing a woman can ever do Thus an illogical vicious circle starts completely unnecessary in a free society but desperately needed to control women within a patriarchal theocracy“Dress as you like and according to your needs” would have been the ticket to a fair and tolerant community but where is that to be found in the world of patriarchy which invented shame to impose both sexual oppression and political power? For shame can be read as honour gone wrong as well and honour is the military pillar on which patriarchy builds its castles using the blood and the bodies of the young men who believe in the mythIn Rushdie’s novel the characters explore the idea of shame as a driving force of violent action and reaction in a magically transcended Pakistan The comical exaggerations of the characters help ease the pain of injustice that shines through each page for as the narrator of the story claims “Realism can break a writer’s heart”Shame honour the need to cover up unpleasant truths the need for “revenge” to erase shame from memory those are the guidelines that lead the narrative towards an explosion of cosmic dimensions “There are things that cannot be permitted to be true”You can read the novel as a dynamic battlefield between male characters who define their own honour or shame by their control or lack thereof of the women in their households Sexual failure is a shame that cannot be permitted to be true for a man Sexual activity is a shame that cannot be permitted to be true for a woman Well that leaves very little room for positive interaction As the narrator tells the anecdote of a father who killed his only daughter growing up in London for being with an English boyfriend he reflects on his own social indoctrination which allows him to understand the murderer based on the shameshamelessness doctrine which engenders perpetual violence“But even appalling was my realization that like the interviewed friends etc I too found myself understanding the killer The news did not seem alien to me We who have grown up on a diet of honour and shame can still grasp what must seem unthinkable to peoples living in the aftermath of the death of God and of tragedy that men will sacrifice their dearest love on the implacable altars of their pride”So what do the characters of Rushdie’s novel do to deal with the inherited shame and shamelessness? They make sure to externalise the shame to put it into a specially designed monster character similar to the portrait of Dorian Gray which carries the unpleasant stains of life according the societal dogma of the setting for all the rest of the familyI don’t want to give away the dramatic showdown of personified shame locked into a vessel of fragile mental health for that is the solution the narrator can come up with only an inner child can remain “pure” It is part of grown up human life to face sexuality which carries the stigma with the label “Shame” Suffice to say I felt a hilarious need to laugh at the mess humankind has created for itself with that doctrine of honour shame and shamelessness It came first according to myth and therefore overrides all the secular social agreements for peaceful and harmonious living together“Thou shalt not kill steal or lie” except for when your pride is attacked or shame is involved Then please do whatever is reuired to regain your god damned no sorry god pleasing honour Unless you are a woman Then just suffer your shame while listening to men calling you shameless for engaging in sexuality with them Tough fate but remember that “shame is collective”But Rushdie wouldn’t be Rushdie if he didn’t offer another solution as well a third way between disintegration and dictatorship The narrator muses on Büchner’s Danton's Death He reflects that people may seem like Robespierre accusing Danton for being a person who dares to “shamelessly enjoy life” but they are not only like him They are a bit of both“The people are not only like Robespierre They we are Danton too We are Robeston and Danpierre The inconsistency doesn’t matter; I myself manage to hold large numbers of wholly irreconcilable views simultaneously without the least difficulty”That is the world we need a world where we don’t have to feel shame for being different for changing our minds for moving from our origins and letting go of old concepts of thinking which have proven disastrous since the beginning of mythological thinking Be a Danpierre and respect your neighbour who is a Robeston and don’t kill each other or live at each other’s expense Don’t hurt what is different from you and don’t see diversity as an insult to your ideas rather as a homage to human versatility and inventiveness of which you are a product yourself I have to finish this review before I uote the story in its entirety probably without even catching all it means to meI just say I lift my hat to you Salman Rushdie hoping that the Shame Monster won’t chop off my head when I reveal myself You are a true master of stories too real to be true in a literal sense of the world But we all know that literal thinking is a killing machine especially where myths are involvedBravo Standing ovations

  2. Kimber Silver Kimber Silver says:

    When a reader falls in love with a book it leaves its essence inside him — Salman RushdieThis was my first venture into the incredible mind of Salman Rushdie and I have to say he does not leave one wanting for lovely metaphorical prose He has an intense edge of your seat writing style that keeps the account moving along at a fast pace Set in an imaginary Islamic society the book explores shame in all its variations The characters are swimming in their indignity from the outset Rushdie brings the seven deadly sins to life and then throws fury into the mix creating uite an exciting narrativeThe story begins with three sisters Chunni Munnee and Bunny locked up in their father’s palatial mansion waiting for daddy dearest to die so they can reap their inheritance And when he does what a party they have As sometimes happens when young girls are turned loose on the world a pregnancy occurs but to say it was unplanned would be untrue The sisters longed for a baby and so as one they became mother to illegitimate Omar KhayyamOmar a slothful and disturbed youth eventually leaves the compound and his three strange mothers – to embark on a life of gluttony and sin in the outside world He had been home schooled to never feel shame so he and his friend Iskander go on to live a debauched life of legendary proportions The character list is seemingly endless and there are many sad sinful shame filled endings At times I became lost in the complexity of the expanding cast and had no idea what was happening I eventually caught up and was able to stay with the subject matter There are underlying currents of politics within a country in turmoil but the novel didn’t heavily lean toward any political agenda Overall I liked the book It was told in a conversational way and I felt as if I had sat down with a friend as he launched into a story Rushdie as the narrator does veer off track reciting accounts of his own that were completely unrelated to the actual folktale of Shame But he eventually returned to the matter in hand His writing is beautiful but this is not an easy read and I had to pay very close attention All things considered I am so glad I tried Rushdie

  3. Kevin Ansbro Kevin Ansbro says:

    Shame is like everything else; live with it for long enough and it becomes part of the furniture —Salman Rushdie excerpt from the bookOh Salman my beardy bunnykins gah You’ve only gone and let me down AGAIN sighI revere Rushdie I even proclaimed him to be one of my favourite authors right here on my profile page alongside Dickens Máruez and dear old Dumas But alas here’s another book of his that cannot hope to rival the magnificence of Midnight’s Children Set in a country that’s 'not uite Pakistan' but nevertheless bears an uncanny resemblance to it nudge nudge wink wink Salman cooks up a modern day fable infused with a bouuet garni of religious taboos social prejudices and bizarre relationships Illegitimate Omar Khayyam named after the famous poet is brought up by a triumvirate of bonkers sisters one of whom is his mother He has the pick of six nipples as each sister takes turns to breastfeed him for some reason this put me in mind of she wolves suckling either Romulus or RemusThey guardedly hide him away from the spiteful world outside within the faded elegance of a grand house think Miss Havisham and Estella in Great ExpectationsOmar who later becomes a man fatter than fifty watermelons and devoid of shame falls in love with simpleminded Sufiya who conversely siphons up all the shame there is in the world and then morphs into a mythological beast who goes on to behead a flock of turkeys and a small number of humans Rushdie is his usual playful self and in a postmodern way even invites himself into the narration almost as if he was telling his story to people sitting around a campfireNow I love Mr Rushdie's gift for sharp witted wordplay but in this case an overabundance of resplendent prose only succeeds in damming the narrative stream And I absolutely know I’m not the sharpest tool in the box but the story became so rambling so complex and so 'out there' that I found it hard to keep up In fact for much of my read I didn’t have a Scooby what was going onThere are memorable moments of course there are the scene in which the three sisters each adopt hear no see no speak no evil positions on receipt of bad news was pure comedy goldSalman I know you’re reading this he can’t get enough of my stuff but can you please stop swanning around glitzy cocktail parties and instead write something worthy of your amazing talent?Come on buddy make me proud of you again I know you’d like that Scooby Doo clue

  4. Lizzie Lizzie says:

    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 than simply internal shame but also how actions on level produce effects that reach as broad as national politics and historical change He makes the very clear statement that shame is not necessarily tied to innocence vs guilt but that external factors on a person produce the monsters of human emotion that cannot be reigned in by living a moral life The absence of shame or an attempt to seclude one's self from the world and its shame make no difference in the human arena and create the same returning responsibilities to the soul and the worldRushdie personifies human emotions as physical entities and yet also bridges the parallels into macro society His context of bring the external and internal into a single overreaching view of humanity are brilliant It is hard not to react to such clear and lucent observations A uote on the subject of Shame But we are discussing an abstract an entirely ethereal vending machine; so into the ether goes the unfelt shame of the world When I submit it is siphoned of by the misfortunate few janitors of the unseen their souls buckets into which sueegees drip what was spilled We keep such buckets in special cupboards Nor do we think of them much although they clean up our dirty waters This is one of many times when Rushdie illustrates the transference of our guilt shame hatred and darker moments onto those around us in an effort to survive our pride His vending machine metaphor is actually very well developed beyond this short uote and I suggest you look it up it is about a page and brilliants demonstrates how we take what we can and let the rest drip into society at large to create the personality of a generation It is a lesson on owning up and also survivalAs usual Rushdie's characters are one of a kind vividly drawn and scented humans Their stories are entangled fascinating and darkPlease take the time to read this book it will move you in very different directions and take you on a journey through time confluence and generational shame

  5. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    261 Shame Salman RushdieShame 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 Ha 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 and Omar Khayyámتاریخ نخستین خوانش ماه جولای سال 1983 میلادیعنوان شرم؛ نویسنده سلمان رشدی؛ مترجم مهدی سحابی؛ تهران، نشر تندر؛ 1364؛ در 349 ص؛ موضوع ادبیات هند قرن 20 مرمان شرم یکی از رمانهای مشهور جهان نوشته سلمان رشدی ست که در دهه ی شصت هجری خورشیدیبا مجوز وزرات ارشاد و فرهنک اسلامی توسط مهدی سحابی ترجمه و چاپ شده است این رمان یک رمان اجتماعی و ریشه در فرهنگ هند دارد ا شربیانی

  6. Greg Brozeit Greg Brozeit says:

    “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 “forbade him to feel but also embarrassment discomfiture decency modesty shyness the sense of having an ordained place in the world and other dialects of emotion for which English has no counterparts” Shame has its role in each of theseReading Shame is like peeling an abstract onion At its most obvious Shame is a farcical tale about Pakistani macro politics from the period of Indian partition to the early 1980s It is buttressed by occasional musings by the “author” about actual political events linking the story with the real world A deeper knowledge of Pakistani history certainly would illuminate many details; not having it does not detract from the novel in any way For those who want a synopsis of the plot the New York Times review provides a good overviewRushdie’s characters are trapped by tradition greed power and gossip which “is like water” and “probes surfaces for their weak places until it finds the breakthrough point” His narrative “must reconcile itself to the inevitability of the missing bits” but we can fill them in as we read along A teacher disgraces himself by accepting paternity for a pregnancy he did not cause A woman jilts her fiancé only to marry a man whose insatiable need to procreate leads to the birth of 27 children in six years An executed dictator’s voice haunts the ear of his successor as his widow who obsessively creates embroidered shawls echoing Madame Defarge to create a Bayonne tapestries like historical record about her family and nation It’s not all serious though Rushdie sprinkles his tale with raucous biting humor In a land dominated by vegetarians he notes how the most popular cinema films are “non vegetarian Westerns in which cows got massacred and the good guys feasted on steaks” When the virgin Ironpants the beautiful daughter of a dictator who has no interest in carnal pleasures accompanies her father to diplomatic receptions “elderly ambassadors were found clutching their groins and throwing up in a toilet after their groping hands had been answered by a well aimed knee” Even when she was sent to an all girl school her classmates were mesmerizingly captivated to commit hilarious deeds As another daughter of a military leader annuls her arranged engagement because she falls in love with another “all hell broke loose because love was the last thing anyone had been expecting to foul up the arrangements”But Rushdie’s creation of Sufiya Zinobia Hyder—who shames her parents because her birth breaks a family tradition of male progeny after her older brother the last male of the line is strangled by his umbilical cords in the womb whose mental impairment deepens her family’s shame whose marriage to Omar Kayyam Shakil only confirms her as “the incarnation of shame” as she transforms into the Beast of shame—ultimately confirms his genius in Shame Shame is the key to understand not only Pakistan but indeed humanityAs I thought about history is it not true that shame perceived or real is fundamental to understanding all wars and conflicts? For example didn’t the shame of Versailles plant the seeds for Nazism and WWII? Didn’t the shame of the American presence in the Arab peninsula spark the events of September 11? Wasn’t the shame of the feared Domino Theory the ultimate reason for American involvement in Vietnam? It has been argued that President Obama’s shaming of Donald Trump at a White House Correspondents Dinner fueled his motivation to run for the presidency And how about the decisions we make in our personal lives both fundamental and petty? How many times have we been motivated to act because of what others think or what we think others might be thinking about us? And could shame be the source of denial of things we either cannot or refuse to explain? As Rushdie wrote “It is the will to ignorance the iron folly with which we excise from consciousness whatever consciousness cannot bear” Can we bear to give shame its due as it shapes our lives whether we admit it or not? Or is it a beast that we cannot escape try as we might?

  7. Ravi Gangwani Ravi Gangwani says:

    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 themThe epicure against the puritan is the book tells us the true dialectic of history Forget left rightcapitalism socialismblack white Virtue versus vice ascetic versus bawd in the Fifteenth Century ?God against the Devil that's the gameI Loved Loved Loved it till infinity Soon I'll give a re reading to it again I loved the way it had depicted the political vibes of Pakistan during 70's and 80's I loved Virgin Ironpants and it loose resemblance with Benezir Butto Iskander Harrapa and Shakil and darkness blended with Shame of the life Love wait revenge betrayal memory history and the last one anyone guess ? Shame associated with all Imagine shame as a liuid let's say a sweet fizzy tooth rotting drink stored in a vending machine Push the right button and a cup plops down under a pissing stream of the fluid How to push the button? Nothing to it Tell a lie sleep with a white boy get born the wrong sex Out flows the bubbling emotion and you drink your fill but how many human beings refuse to followthese simple instructions Shameful things are done lies loose living disrespect for one's elders failure to love one's national flag incorrect voting at elections over eating extramarital sex autobiographical novels cheating at cards maltreatment of womenfolk examination failures smuggling throwing one's wicket away at the crucial point of a Test Match and theyare done shamelessly Then what happens to all that unfelt shame?I think Sir Salman Rushdie has Ocean of stories within him and a knack perfectly crafted to dissolve the story in its reader's bloodThis book was as good as 'The Satanic Verses' and 'The midnight's children' Giving it less than 5 is shame

  8. MJ Nicholls MJ Nicholls says:

    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 every paragraph the comically cardboarded revue of characters the knowing and smug narrator and the bustling density of the ideas on show and the writer’s flamboyant flaunting of his style my hands began clenching the page corners as though sueezing my digits round Salman’s neck Some of the above were admirable ualities and for the most part I coasted along on the comedic brio and swagger of the thing In the end I was slain For shame

  9. Paakhi Srivastava Paakhi Srivastava says:

    Dear Sir RushdieShame 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 The chronicle of the shift in political powers and musings on deeper realms of human mind weaved together by an exotic language yet a uality prose is much appreciatedAuthors would like to write a gripping story for masses you write for your own audience; the ones interested in taking a pause willing to enter a world of abstraction introspect and silently thank you later for those moments of felt proximity to lost fragments of consciousness So may I call you a narcissistic author who writes for applause? The surreal characters magic realism and black humor give a passage to escape from the unbearable encounters with decaying minds lost souls or over intellectualized escapists Your words make the reader believe in the implausible I believe in the power of imagination that you force the reader to indulge in for imagination breeds hope It is for the same reason which makes people read Harry Porter Hunger Games and the likes Your writing however is demanding which can be overwhelming at timesThe examination of ‘Shame’ through rhetoric within the social and personal contexts is excellent The only reason I gave this book a three star rating is because the account of Pakistan politics is a bygone and it is I who cannot relate to it blame it on my late arrival in this world The three stars are exclusively for those delightful sections that probed me to have intimate conversations with my ‘self’ SincerelyPS

  10. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    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

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