Shalimar the Clown - Salman Rushdie

One of Rushdie's best.

 

Somehow managing to span continents and worlds in the way that only Rushdie can do, our character Shalimar the Clown manages to learn dying kashmiri folk art, mujahdeen terrorism, how to join a prison gang, and how to drive a deLorean.

 

Complex and interwoven, it manages to break down the boundaries between east and west, between good and evil, between political and personal.

 

Aw heck, read it already.