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The Ground Beneath Her Feet

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At the beginning of Rushdie's novel, Vina Aspara, a famous and much-loved singer, is caught up in a devasting 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, humour 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. In the words of one of Ormus Cama's songs, it shouldn't be this way.

Book Details

Hardback with Dustjacket

First (UK) Edition

Published in 1999

ISBN: 9780224044196

Condition Ratings

Book is Near Fine. Unread condition.

Dustjacket is Near Fine. Top edge very lightly rubbed in a couple of places.

Slipcase condition is N/A

Book Details

Hardback with Dustjacket

First (UK) Edition

Published in 1999

ISBN: 9780224044196

Condition Ratings

Book is Near Fine. Unread condition.

Dustjacket is Near Fine. Top edge very lightly rubbed in a couple of places.

Slipcase condition is N/A

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