One of the world's most decorated authors, Salman Rushdie was awarded both the Booker and the Best of the Booker Prizes for his novel Midnight's Children. Written post-fatwa while in hiding after the issue of the infamous fatwa against him, "At the Auction of the Ruby Slippers" is the story of man's desperate bid to win back lost love. With enormous fanfare, a huge crowd of celebrities, political refugees, orphans and other assorted characters have gathered to bid on the iconic slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz. Among the bidders, a love-crazed memorabilia junkie hopes to purchase the fabled footwear for his lover gone astray.
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by Salman Rushdie
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