The Moor's Last Sigh

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The Moor's Last Sigh
Last sigh.jpg
First edition
Author Salman Rushdie
Language English
Publisher Random House
Publication date
1995
Media type Print
ISBN 0-679-74466-5.

The Moor's Last Sigh is the fifth novel by Salman Rushdie, published in 1995. It is set in the Indian cities of Bombay and Cochin.

Title and Influences[edit]

The title is taken from the story of Boabdil (Abu Abdullah Muhammed), the last Moorish king of Granada, who is also mentioned frequently in the book. The spot from which Boabdil last looked upon Granada after surrendering it is known as Puerto del Suspiro del Moro ("Pass of the Moor's Sigh"). The mother of the narrator and an artist friend of the mother's each make a painting which they call "The Moor's Last Sigh".

The book draws on a variety of real historical figures and events, including the surrender of Granada by Boabdil, the demolition of the Babri Masjid, the 1993 Bombay bombings, the gangster and terrorist Dawood Ibrahim, as well as modern Indian political organizations like Bal Thackeray and the Shiv Sena.

Plot details[edit]

The Moor's Last Sigh traces four generations of the narrator's family and the ultimate effects upon the narrator. The narrator, Moraes Zogoiby, traces his family's beginnings down through time to his own lifetime. Moraes, who is called "Moor" throughout the book, is an exceptional character, whose physical body ages twice as fast as a normal person's does and also has a deformed hand. The book also focusses heavily on the Moor's relationships with the women in his life, including his mother Aurora, who is a famous national artist; his first female tutor; and his first love, a charismatic, demented sculptor named Uma.

Awards and nominations[edit]

The book won the Whitbread Prize for 'Best novel' in 1995,[1] and the Aristeion Prize in 1996. The book was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 1995.[1]

The cover artwork for this book is by Dennis Leigh, more widely known as musician and multi-media artist John Foxx.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gilman, Sander L. (2006). Multiculturalism and the Jews. Taylor & Francis. pp. 179–. ISBN 9780415979184. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 

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