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Apr 04, 2006
| ISBN 9780812976533
Oct 17, 1995
| ISBN 9780679444626
Aug 26, 2010
| ISBN 9780307744111
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Apr 04, 2006 | ISBN 9780812976533
Oct 17, 1995 | ISBN 9780679444626
Aug 26, 2010 | ISBN 9780307744111
The iconic masterpiece of India that introduced the world to “a glittering novelist—one with startling imaginative and intellectual resources, a master of perpetual storytelling” (The New Yorker)WINNER OF THE BEST OF THE BOOKERS • SOON TO BE A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time • The twenty-fifth anniversary edition, featuring a new introduction by the author Saleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of India’s independence. Greeted by fireworks displays, cheering crowds, and Prime Minister Nehru himself, Saleem grows up to learn the ominous consequences of this coincidence. His every act is mirrored and magnified in events that sway the course of national affairs; his health and well-being are inextricably bound to those of his nation; his life is inseparable, at times indistinguishable, from the history of his country. Perhaps most remarkable are the telepathic powers linking him with India’s 1,000 other “midnight’s children,” all born in that initial hour and endowed with magical gifts. This novel is at once a fascinating family saga and an astonishing evocation of a vast land and its people–a brilliant incarnation of the universal human comedy. Twenty-five years after its publication, Midnight’ s Children stands apart as both an epochal work of fiction and a brilliant performance by one of the great literary voices of our time.
A classic novel, in which the man who calls himself the “bomb of Bombay” chronicles the story of a child and a nation that both came into existence in 1947—and examines a whole people’s capacity for carrying inherited myths and inventing new ones.
Salman Rushdie is the author of twelve novels—Grimus, Midnight’s Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and The Sea of Stories, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath… More about Salman Rushdie
“Extraordinary . . . one of the most important [novels] to come out of the English-speaking world in this generation.”–The New York Review of Books“The literary map of India is about to be redrawn. . . . Midnight’s Children sounds like a continent finding its voice.”–The New York Times“In Salman Rushdie, India has produced a glittering novelist– one with startling imaginative and intellectual resources, a master of perpetual storytelling.”–The New Yorker“A marvelous epic . . . Rushdie’s prose snaps into playback and flash-forward . . . stopping on images, vistas, and characters of unforgettable presence. Their range is as rich as India herself.”–Newsweek“Burgeons with life, with exuberance and fantasy . . . Rushdie is a writer of courage, impressive strength, and sheer stylistic brilliance.”–The Washington Post Book World“Pure story–an ebullient, wildly clowning, satirical, descriptively witty charge of energy.”–Chicago Sun-Times
Man Booker Prize
One dusty summer evening in 1981 an extraordinary event took place in the sedate setting of India International Centre in New Delhi with its lawns, rose-beds and select circle of society members. A young writer from Britain with a Muslim name, whose second novel had just been published, gave a reading in the small auditorium that drew a crowd so unexpectedly large that it spilled out under the trees and loudspeakers had to be set up to broadcast his voice, a voice that everyone present recognized instantly as being the voice of a new age: strong, original and demanding of attention.
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