The Moor's Last Sigh

By: Rushdie, Salman

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Light edgewear to DJ; DJ in protective Mylar sleeve, unclipped. A bright, solid book ; 434 pages; In a spirited story related at a breakneck pace and crammed full of melodrama, slapstick, supple wordplay and literary allusions, Rushdie has again fashioned a biting parable of modern India. Telling his story "with death at my heels," the eponymous narrator relates the saga of a family whose religious, political and cultural differences replicate the fault lines by which India is riven. The Moor tells of "family rifts and premature deaths and thwarted loves and mad passions and weak chests and power and money and... the seductions and mysteries of art." He speculates on the duality of all things, the conflicting impulses of human nature and the clash between appearance and reality. Like the tale itself, the title has multiple layers of meaning. "The Moor's Last Sigh" refers to two paintings, one a masterpiece by the narrating Moor's mother, Aurora, the other a trashy work by her onetime protege and lover, and later implacable enemy, Vasco Miranda, who becomes the Moor's nemesis. The Moor was thus nicknamed at birth, the youngest child of Aurora, the heiress to the da Gama spice-trade dynasty, and Abraham Zogoiby, a penniless Jew who was her family's employee. Aurora has become one of India's most famous artists, even as her shadowy husband has metamorphosed into a power broker in the Bombay underworld. The narrator was born with a deformed right hand and a disease that ages him two years for every year he lives: "Life had dealt me a bad hand, and a freak of nature was obliging me to play it out too fast." The woman he adores is a pathological liar who fools the Moor into making a fatally wrong choice. Rushdie's own plight informs these pages, but it is always integrated into plot and character. Already an outcast from society, the half-Jewish Moor is expelled from his family; when he leaves India, he becomes increasingly disoriented and is eventually imprisoned, awaiting a death that may strike at any time.

Title: The Moor's Last Sigh

Author Name: Rushdie, Salman

Categories: Historical, British Fiction,

Edition: First Canadian Edition

Publisher: Toronto, Knopf Canada: 1995

ISBN Number: 0394281225

ISBN Number 13: 9780394281223

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good in Very Good dust jacket

Seller ID: 13974

Keywords: India fatwa