Shame by Salman Rushdie

Shame is Salman Rushdie's third novel, published in 1983. This book was written out of a desire to approach the problem of "artificial" (other-made) country divisions, their residents' complicity, and the problems of post-colonialism, when Pakistan was created to separate the Muslims from the Hindus, when England gave up control of "India"... The book was written in the style of magic realism. It portrays the lives of Iskander Harappa (sometimes assumed to be Zulfikar Ali Bhutto), and General Raza Hyder (sometimes assumed to be General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq), and their relationship. The central theme of the novel is that begetting "shame" begets violence. The concepts of 'shame' and 'shamelessness' are explored through all of the characters, with main focus on Sufiya Zinobia and Omar Khayyám. Shame discusses the sense of heritage, lineage, and their relationship to a personal sense of "autheticity", deriding all as rather obtruse and confused, if not without deep feelings. Central to the novel is women's relationship to "motherhood" and identity, aside from whether or not a man was a father to the child, disrupting all sense of "truth". Shame and shamelessness are central themes, and come to head in a woman so "mad with untruths" she starts incontrollably pulling the heads off chickens... a central food source. Rushdie wrote Shame after his second novel Midnight's Children.

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Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals Hardcover 2 $14.99 2019
Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals Kindle Edition 662 2019
Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals Paperback 4830 $12.95 2019
Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals Audio CD 1253196 $21.68 2019
No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame Paperback 1908 $11.73 $6.83 2014
The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves Hardcover 8974 $2.49 $11.99 2015
Healing the Shame that Binds You (Recovery Classics) Paperback 11944 $7.70 $3.03 2005
Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You Paperback 23176 $11.92 $7.49 2014
Workbook Companion For Girl Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals Paperback 27924 $8.99 $22.95 2019
No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame Kindle Edition 10641 2014
The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves Kindle Edition 40096 2015
The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves Paperback 664555 $17.00 2015
Soul Of Shame, The: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves Audio CD 2914632 $30.80 2018
Healing the Shame That Binds You Kindle Edition 43918 2010
Healing the Shame That Binds You Paperback 183938 $12.00 $0.10 1988
Healing the Shame that Binds You Hardcover 982633 $26.25 $27.54 2015
By John Bradshaw - Healing the Shame that Binds You (Unabridged CD) (2011-08-09) [Audio CD] Audio CD 2438923 $85.64 $54.69 2011
Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You Kindle Edition 63807 2014
The 3D Gospel: Ministry in Guilt, Shame, and Fear Cultures Paperback 29123 $8.99 $8.06 2014
Radical Acceptance: Awakening the Love That Heals Fear and Shame Paperback 53343 $13.39 $11.38 2003
The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America Paperback 18360 $9.95 $1.25 2006
WORKBOOK For Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals Rachel Hollis Paperback 16326 $7.99 $27.59 2019
Commute: An Illustrated Memoir of Female Shame Paperback 90687 $11.29 $11.06 2019
The Shame Factor: Heal Your Deepest Fears and Set Yourself Free Paperback 140532 $12.79 $15.56 2019
Covered Glory: The Face of Honor and Shame in the Muslim World Paperback 265849 $10.01 $9.83 2019
The Gift of Second Chances: When Shame Isn't Enough: Seeking Freedom From Addiction Paperback 447668 $18.95 $52.89 2019
Vergüenza Paperback 18831968 $52.50 $14.26
Shame: A Novel Kindle Edition 462507 2011
Shame Hardcover 1861483 $40.59 $5.30 1983
Shame: A Novel Paperback 3027189 $55.52 $2.12 2000
Vergüenza (Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition 2951419 2010
Vergüenza (Spanish Edition) Paperback 8602484 $13.22 $15.89
Shame: A Novel Paperback 265412 $11.03 $3.78 2008
Vergüenza / Shame (Spanish Edition) Mass Market Paperback 18529399 $12.81 $27.00 2006
Shame Audio CD 5856049 $29.24 2017