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Special 25th Anniversary Edition with a new introduction by the authorWinner of the Booker of Boo... Read More

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Special 25th Anniversary Edition with a new introduction by the authorWinner of the Booker of BookersSalman Rushdie is the author of eight novels, one collection of short stories, and four works of non-fiction, and the co-editor of The Vintage Book of Indian Writing. In 1993 Midnight's Children was judged to be the 'Booker of Bookers', the best novel to have won the Booker Prize in its first 25 years. The Moor's Last Sigh won the Whitbread Prize in 1995, and the European Union's Aristeion Prize for Literature in 1996. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres.

'India has produced a great novelist...a master of perpetual storytelling' V.S. Pritchett, New Yorker

Born at the stroke of midnight, at the precise moment of India's independence, Saleem Sinai is destined from birth to be special. For he is one of 1,001 children born in the midnight hour, children who all have special gifts, children with whom Saleem is telepathically linked.

But there has been a terrible mix up at birth, and Saleem’s life takes some unexpected twists and turns. As he grows up amidst a whirlwind of triumphs and disasters, Saleem must learn the ominous consequences of his gift, for the course of his life is inseparably linked to that of his motherland, and his every act is mirrored and magnified in the events that shape the newborn nation of India.
It is a great gift, and a terrible burden.

A wonderful, rich and humane novel that is safe to call a classic.Midnight's Children is also full of such zest for every messy aspect of life that you can't help but feel inspiredRushdie’s novel took a post-colonial “empire fights back” spirit, and a deep personal understanding of the politics of Indian partition, and exploded them into something teeming with imaginative life… He inhabits a hybrid consciousness, with a telepathic connection to the other children of midnight, and tells its stories for all he is worth.The extraordinary alchemy of Midnight’s Children was its miraculous fusion of the fantastical and the historical.A magical-realist reflection of the issues India faced post-independence including culture, language, religion, and politics… It’s a truly incredible work.

Product Details

Title: Midnight's Children
Author: Salman Rushdie
SKU: BK0022539
EAN: 9780099578512
Language: English

About Author

Salman Rushdie is the author of fourteen previous novels, including Midnight's Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), The Satanic Verses, and Quichotte (which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize). A former president of PEN American Center, Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for services to literature and was made a Companion of Honour in the Queen's last Birthday Honours list in 2022.

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