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Midnight's Children [Paperback]

Salman Rushdie
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Amazon Review

Before Salman Rushdie had that problem with a certain religious-political figure with a serious need to chill out, he'd already shown he was an important literary force. Quite simply, Midnight's Children is amazing--fun, beautiful, erudite, both fairy tale and political narrative told through a supernatural narrator who is caught between different worlds. Though it's a big book, with big themes of India's nationhood and of ethnic and personal identity, it's far from a dry history lesson. Rushdie tells the story in his own brand of magical realism, with a prose of lyrical, transcendent goofiness. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Review

"'Salman Rushdie has earned the right to be called one of our great storytellers.' Observer"

"'Huge, vital, engrossing... in all senses a fantastic book.' Sunday Times"

"'The literary map of India has been redrawn... Midnight's Children sounds like a country finding its voice.' New York Times"

"'A brilliant and endearing novel.' London Review of Books"

Book Description

A new edition of Salman Rushdie's prize-winning masterpiece to tie in with the release of a major film adaptation.

From the Publisher

'India has produced a great novelist...a master of perpetual storytelling' V.S. Pritchett, New Yorker --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

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

Born at the stroke of midnight on August 15 1947, at the precise moment of India's independence, the infant Saleem Sinai is celebrated in the press and welcomed by Prime Minister Nehru himself. But this coincidence of birth has consequences Saleem is not prepared for: telepathic powers that connect him with 1,000 other 'midnight's children' - all born in the initial hour of India's independence - and an uncanny sense of smell that allows him to sniff out dangers others cannot perceive.

Inextricably linked to his nation, Saleem's biography is a whirlwind of disasters and triumphs that mirrors the course of modern India at its most impossible and glorious.

'One of the most important books to come out of the English-speaking world in this generation' New York Review of Books

'A magnificent book and Salman Rushdie is a major novelist' Observer

'The literary map of India has to be redrawn. Midnight's Children sounds like a continent finding its voice' New York Times

About the Author

Salman Rushdie is the author of eleven novels, one collection of short stories, three 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 Best of the Booker, the best novel to have won the Booker Prize in its forty year history. 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.
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