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From one of the world's truly great writers, Fury is a wickedly brilliant and pitch-black comedy about a middle-aged professor who finds himself in New York City in the summer of 2000. Not since the Bombay of Midnight's Children have a time and place been so intensely and accurately captured in a novel. Fury opens on a New York living at breakneck speed in an age of unprecedented decadence. Malik Solanka, historian of ideas and dollmaker extraordinaire, steps out of his life one day, abandons his family without a word of explanation, and flees to New York. There is a fury within him, and he fears that he has become dangerous to those he loves. He arrives in New York at a time of unprecedented plenty, in the highest hour of America's wealth and power, seeking to "erase" himself. But fury is all around him. Cab drivers spout invective. A serial killer is murdering women with a lump of concrete. The petty spats and bone-deep resentments of the metropolis engulf him. Meanwhile, his own thoughts, emotions and desires are also running wild. A young woman in a D'Angelo baseball cap is in store. Also another woman, with whom he will fall in love and drawn towards a different fury, whose roots lie of the far side of the world.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099421863
ISBN-10: 0099421860
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 17mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 20-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


UK Kirkus Review » Malik Solanka, inventor, philosopher and historian of ideas, has abandoned his wife and son in London. Seeking to escape from his rage and melancholy, from the narrowness and provincialism of academic life, and from the vulgar exploitation of Little Brain, the doll that he invented and that made him wealthy, he takes refuge in New York. In the summer of 2000, Manhattan is boiling in money and opportunity but teeming with anger and violence. It's a city where new restaurants open every hour and every type of luxury item can be found, but where men shoot stangers, children shoot friends and a serial killer stalks society women. But Solanka soon finds the pattern of his life in London being repeated in New York and discovers there is no escape. No escape from rage, whether in the ravings of taxi drivers or the murderous misogyny of friends. No escape from success, as he creates a new set of computer characters, the Puppet Kings, even more successful than Little Brain. No escape from the furies, as two new women, Mila Milo and the impossibly beautiful Neela Mahendra, join his wife and confront him at the end of the novel. As an outsider's portrait of America at the end of 'The American century' and the beginning of a new millennium, Fury may be heavy-handed and occasionally hackneyed. But it's also a novel that confronts big issues - personal commitment, the nature of happiness, the troubled relationship of an artist to his creations - with the vitality, inventiveness, and love of language that is characteristic of all Rushdie's work. With an unmistakably autobiographical tone and laden with cultural, political and literary references, Fury will probably delight many fans but reassure few critics. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie is the author of thirteen novels, one collection of short stories, three works of non-fiction, and the co-editor of The Vintage Book of Indian Writing. In 1993 Midnight's Children was judged to be the Best of the Booker, the best novel to have won the Booker Prize in its forty year history. The Moor's Last Sigh won the Whitbread Prize in 1995 and the European Union's Aristeion Prize for Literature in 1996. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres.

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