Salman Rushdie: Shalimar the Clown

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Although the history of Kashmir provides the backdrop of Salman Rushdie's new novel, Shalimar the Clown (Random House), it is a larger-than-life romance with larger-than-life characters--a version of Romeo and Juliet and the Ramayana. In this conversation, he describes the ways in which an historical conflict can determine the course of love.

Read an excerpt from Shalimar the Clown.