Shame: A Novel

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Macmillan, Dec 1, 2000 - Fiction - 307 pages
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A gripping account of the 1918 flu pandemic and the modern-day hunt for this elusive and deadly virus

In 1918, a flu virus more lethal than any that has come along since swept through the world, from the remotest villages in Arctic climates to crowded U.S.cities to the battlefields of Europe, killing forty million people. Yet, despite its devastating toll and the probability that other deadly pandemics await on the horizon, it was relegated to a footnote in history.The Devil's Flu is the extraordinary story of 1918's forgotten tragedy and of the global scientific community's effort to avert another such disaster.

The 1918 flu still so intrigues and frightens experts in the field that in 1998, a group of respected scientists journeyed to the Norwegian Arctic Circle in search of the mysterious killer. InThe Devil's Flu, Davies captures the excitement of the hunt and the intense rivalries within the scientific community, and paints a vivid portrait of the eccentric scientists bent on capturing the prize information that could hold the key to our future safety. And as far as the next pandemic is concerned, scientists agree: it's not a question of if, but when.

 

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User Review  - Praj05 - LibraryThing

Shame is an undesired sperm that impregnates human psychic with acute guilt and discomfort to procreate a shameless fiend amid continual cerebral labor pains. Molded on a fictionalized caricature of ... Read full review

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User Review  - CloggieDownunder - LibraryThing

Shame is the third novel by Salman Rushdie. The narrator tells us novel is and is not about Pakistan. The main characters are Omar Khayyam Shakil (who represents shamelessness), Raza Hyder (read Zia ... Read full review

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Contents

ESCAPES FROM THE MOTHER COUNTRY
1
The DumbWaiter
3
A Necklace of Shoes
19
Melting Ice
39
THE DUELLISTS
53
Behind the Screen
55
The Wrong Miracle
69
Affairs of Honour
90
Beauty and the Beast
151
IN THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY
183
Alexander the Great
185
The Woman in the Veil
207
Monologue of a Hanged Man
233
Stability
254
JUDGMENT DAY
281
Acknowledgments
307

SHAME GOOD NEWS AND THE VIRGIN
115
Blushing
117

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Salman Rushdie
Catherine Cundy
Limited preview - 1996
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About the author (2000)

Salman Rushdie is the author of seven novels: Grimus, Midnight's Children, Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor's Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, and one work of short stories titled East, West. He has also published four works of nonfiction: The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands, The Wizard of Oz, and Mirrorwork (co-edited with Elizabeth West).

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