The Ground Beneath Her Feet

A Novel

Salman Rushdie

Henry Holt and Co.

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Salman Rushdie's most ambitious and accomplished novel, sure to be hailed as his masterpiece.

At the beginning of this stunning novel, Vina Apsara, a famous and much-loved singer, is caught up in a devastating 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. 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, humor, and love, is perhaps the book's 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. The Ground Beneath Her Feet is Salman Rushdie's most gripping novel and his boldest imaginative act, a vision of our shaken, mutating times, an engagement with the whole of what is and what might be, an account of the intimate, flawed encounter between the East and the West, a brilliant remaking of the myth of Orpheus, a novel of high (and low) comedy, high (and low) passions, high (and low) culture. It is a tale of love, death, and rock 'n' roll.

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THE GROUND BENEATH HER FEET
1THE KEEPER OF BEESOn St.Valentine's Day, 1989, the last day of her life, the legendary popular singer Vina Apsara woke sobbing from a dream of human sacrifice in which she had been the intended victim. Bare-torsoed men resembling the actor Christopher Plummer had been gripping her by the wrists and ankles. Her body was splayed out, naked and writhing, over a polished stone bearing the graven image of the snakebird Quetzalcoatl. The open mouth of the plumed serpent surrounded a dark hollow scooped out of the stone, and although her own mouth was stretched wide by

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Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie is the author of six previous novels: Grimus, Midnight's Children, Shame (Owl Books, 0-8050-5310-7), The Satanic Verses (Owl Books, 0-8050-5309-3), Haroun and the Sea of Stories, and The Moor's Last Sigh, as well as one work of short stories titled East, West. He has also published four works of nonfiction: The Jaguar Smile (Owl Books, 0-8050-5311-5), Imaginary Homelands, The Wizard of Oz, and Mirrorwork (coedited with Elizabeth West) (Owl Books, 0-8050-5710-2).

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The Ground Beneath Her Feet
A Novel
Salman Rushdie

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Henry Holt and Co.
March 2000
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466822627
ISBN10: 1466822627
592 pages
$9.99

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Picador
March 2000
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312254995
ISBN10: 0312254997
5 11/16 x 8 7/8 inches, 592 pages
$20.00
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