Moraes 'Moor' Zogoiby is the last in line of a crooked and fantastical dynasty of spice merchants and crime lords from Cochin. He is also a compulsive storyteller and an exile. As we travel with him on a route that takes him from India to Spain, he spins his labyrinthine family tale of mad passions and volcanic family hatreds, of titanic matriarchs and their mesmerised offspring, of premature deaths and curses that strike beyond the grave.
But does the India of his parents - populated by extravagant artists, piratical gatekeepers and mysterious lost paintings - still exist? And will he ever discover what became of his fiery and tempestuous mother? Moraes' epic quest to uncover the truth of the past is a love story to a vanishing world, and also its last hurrah.
Salman Rushdie is the author of thirteen previous novels –
Midnight’s Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker),
The Satanic Verses,
Haroun and the Sea of Stories,
The Moor’s Last Sigh,
The Ground Beneath Her Feet,
Shalimar the Clown,
The Enchantress of Florence,
Luka and the Fire of Life,
Two Years, Eight Months, and Twenty-Eight Nights, and
The Golden House – and one collection of short stories:
East, West. He has also published four works of non-fiction –
The Jaguar Smile,
Imaginary Homelands, and
Step Across This Line – and co-edited two anthologies,
Best American Short Stories 2008. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. A former president of PEN American Center, Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for services to literature.