Title: The Moor’s Last Sigh
Authors: Rushdie, Salman
Publisher: Random House, New York
Publication Date: 1995
Edition: First Edition
Book Condition: NF
D-j Condition: F
Comments: One smudge on inside cover. Negligible shelf wear to d-j.
Synopsis: What do we do when the world’s walls – its family structures, its value-systems, its political forms – crumble? The central character of this novel, ‘Moor’ Zogoiby, only son of a wealthy, artistic-bohemian Bombay family , finds himself at such a moment of crisis. His mother, a famous painter and an emotional despot, worships beauty, but Moor is ugly, he has a deformed hand. Moor falls in love, with a married woman; when their secret is revealed, both are expelled: a suicide pact is proposed, but only the woman dies. Moor chooses to accept his fate, plunges, into a life of depravity in Bombay, then leaves for London where he becomes embroiled in a major financial scandal. The novel ends in Spain, in the studio of a painter who was the lover of Moor’s mother: in a violent climax Moor has, once more, to decide whether to save the life of his lover by sacrificing his own.