Salman Rushdie's most ambitious and accomplished novel, sure to be hailed
as his masterpiece. At the beginning of this stunning novel, Vina Apsara, a
famous and much-loved singer, is caught up in a devastating 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, humor, 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. The Ground
Beneath Her Feet is Salman Rushdie's most gripping novel and his boldest
imaginative act, a vision of our shaken, mutating times, an engagement with
the whole of what is and what might be, an account of the intimate, flawed
encounter between the East and the West, a brilliant remaking of the myth
of Orpheus, a novel of high (and low) comedy, high (and low) passions, high
(and low) culture. It is a tale of love, death, and rock 'n' roll.

Salman Rushdie—The Ground Beneath Her Feet - A Novel

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