Title: THE GROUND BENEATH HER FEET: THE DELUXE ...
Publisher: London, England: Jonathan Cape, 1999
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 575 pages. Published in 1999. The author's seventh novel. One of Salman Rushdie's finest achievements. Now considered a contemporary classic. Deluxe Slipcased Edition of 150 numbered and signed copies. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the regular trade edition. The Deluxe Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Jonathan Cape: Regular-sized volume format. Black leather boards with gilt titles embossed on the spine, as issued. Text by Salman Rushdie. Gilt page edges. Matching black cloth slipcase. Printed on archival stock paper in the United Kingdom to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents, in its ultimate collectible format, Salman Rushdie's "The Ground Beneath Her Feet". An epic romance, written in the author's celebrated and dazzlingly pyrotechnical, virtuoso style. The novel stretches across whole lives and even beyond death. A remaking of the myth of Orpheus and an exploration of the extremities of comedy, culture, and death, Rushdie re-imagines Orpheus, the Muse of Music, as a rock star. The book is his homage to rock n' roll, a major influence on his writing. "A gripping story that encapsulates the history, dreams, and passions of the last half century as no other novel has done. Rushdie tells the story of Vina Apsara, a pop star, and Ormus Cama, a songwriter and musician, who captivate and change the world through their music and their romance. Beginning in Bombay in the Fifties, moving to London in the Sixties, and New York for the last quarter century, the novel pulsates with a half-century of music and celebrates the power of rock 'n roll" (Publisher's blurb). The novel is now seen as a precursor of the "global novel", for lack of a better term, the new paradigm of the 21st-century, replacing the now quaintly old-fashioned "Great American Novel". The sprawling, all-encompassing, and ambitious novel which captures reality in all of its elusive richness and complexity has been the obsession not just of American literature but of all national literary cultures. Meanwhile, the world has changed, radically, dramatically, and unrecognizably, leaving personal literary ambitions in the dust. For better or for worse, the world is more global than it has ever been, whether one lives in (and writes about) America, Australia, Singapore or Madagascar. "This is Rushdie at his absolute, almost insolently global best. Completely seductive" (Toni Morrison). An absolute "must-have" title for Salman Rushdie collectors. This is a copy of the Deluxe Leatherbound And Slipcased Edition of 150 numbered and signed copies, indicated/numbered as such on the Front Limitation Page. It is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen by Salman Rushdie. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few copies of the Deluxe Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Booker Prize in 1981 for "Midnight's Children", which was also selected as "The Booker of Bookers" in 1993, the best of all previous winners. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SALMAN RUSHDIE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0224044192. Bookseller Inventory # 19753
Synopsis: At the beginning of this overwhelming novel, Vina Aspara, a famous and much-loved singer, is caught up in a devasting earthquake and never seen again by human eyes. This is her story, and that of Ormus Cama, the lover who finds, loses, seeks and again finds her, over and over, throughout his own extraordinary life in music. The story of a love that stretches across their whole lives, and even beyond death. Their epic romance is narrated by Ormus's childhood friend and Vina's sometime lover, her "back-door man", the photographer Rai, whose astonishing voice, filled with stories, images, myths, anger, wisdom, humour and love, is perhaps the books true hero. Telling the story of Ormus and Vina, he finds that he is also revealing his own truths: his human failings, his immortal longings. He is a man caught up in the loves and quarrels of the age's goddesses and gods, but dares to have ambitions of his own. And lives to tell the tale. Around these three, the uncertain world itself is beginning to tremble and break. Cracks and tears have begun to appear in the fabric of the real. There are glimpses of abysses below the surfaces of things. In the words of one of Ormus Cama's songs, it shouldn't be this way. The Ground Beneath Her Feet is Salman Rushdie's most gripping novel and his boldest imaginative act.
Review: The ground shifts repeatedly beneath the reader's feet during the course of Salman Rushdie's sixth novel, a riff on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth set in the high-octane world of rock & roll. Readers get their first clues early on that the universe Rushdie is creating here is not quite the one we know: Jesse Aron Parker, for example, wrote "Heartbreak Hotel"; Carly Simon and Guinevere Garfunkel sang "Bridge over Troubled Water"; and Shirley Jones and Gordon McRae starred in "South Pacific." And as the novel progresses, Rushdie adds unmistakable elements of science fiction to his already patented magical realism, with occasionally uneven results.
Rushdie's cunning musician is Ormus Cana, the Bombay-born founder of the most popular group in the world. Ormus's Eurydice (and lead singer) is Vina Apsara, the daughter of a Greek American woman and an Indian father who abandoned the family. What these two share, besides amazing musical talent, is a decidedly twisted family life: Ormus's twin brother died at birth and communicates to him from "the other side"; his older brothers, also twins, are, respectively, brain-damaged and a serial killer. Vina, on the other hand, grew up in rural West Virginia where she returned home one day to find her stepfather and sisters shot to death and her mother hanging from a rafter in the barn. No wonder these two believe they were made for each other.
Narrated by Rai Merchant, a childhood friend of both Vina and Ormus, The Ground Beneath Her Feet begins with a terrible earthquake in 1989 that swallows Vina whole, then moves back in time to chronicle the tangled histories of all the main characters and a host of minor ones as well. Rushdie's canvas is huge, stretching from India to London to New York and beyond--and there's plenty of room for him to punctuate this epic tale with pointed commentary on his own situation: Muslim-born Rai, for example, remarks that "my parents gave me the gift of irreligion, of growing up without bothering to ask people what gods they held dear.... You may argue that the gift was a poisoned chalice, but even if so, that's a cup from which I'd happily drink again." Despite earthquakes, heartbreaks, and a rip in the time-space continuum, The Ground Beneath Her Feet may be the most optimistic, accessible novel Rushdie has yet written. --Alix Wilber
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