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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Fury, Alive And Kicking

The Arts Telegraph informs us that Rushdie's Shalimar The Clown has been appreciatively reviewed by novelist William T. Vollman for Publisher's Weekly: "The transformation of Shalimar into a terrorist is easily the most impressive achievement of the book, and here one must congratulate Rushdie for having made artistic capital out of his own suffering, for the years he spent under police protection, hunted by zealots, have been poured into the novel in ways which ring hideously true".

However, the columnist goes on to add: "Publishers Weekly was one of the few places in which Mr Rushdie's dud last novel, Fury, received a rave review...His publishers, though, cannot have been so enamoured. Anyone who consults Random's website for Fury is told that it has 'expired'."

Actually, that's not quite true. One checked just now, and the site lists the e-book as being available for download, as well as the trade paperback. Click on the link that directs you to "the official website of Salman Rushdie", however, and you'll be told that the page you're looking for has expired.


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