NEW RUSHDIE STORY, “THE SHELTER OF THE WORLD”: “NEW YORKER”, 19-2-08

The latest NEW YORKER (19 Feb 08) carries a brand new story by Salman Rushdie,
called ‘The Shelter of the World’. It is some 7500 words long and is about the Mughal Emperor Akbar.
 
For the moment at least, the entire text is available on-line at:

http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/features/2008/02/25/080225fi_fiction_rushdie

and can, with a little patience, be downloaded.

 

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Here is the first paragraph:

 

 

"At dawn the haunting sandstone palaces of the new “victory city” of Akbar the Great looked as if they were made of red smoke. Most cities start giving the impression of being eternal almost as soon as they are born, but Sikri would always look like a mirage. As the sun rose to its zenith, the great bludgeon of the day’s heat pounded the flagstones, deafening human ears to all sounds, making the air quiver like a frightened blackbuck, and weakening the border between sanity and delirium, between what was fanciful and what was real."

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