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In the moments of upheaval that surround the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the day India proclaimed its independence from Great Britain, one thousand and one children are born — each of whom, though forced to struggle through hardships faced by citizens of a newly independent country, is gifted with supernatural powers. Midnight's Children focuses on the fates of two of these children — the illegitimate son of a poor Hindu woman and the male heir of a wealthy Muslim family — who become inextricably linked when a midwife switches the two boys at birth.

An allegory of modern India, Midnight's Children is a family saga set against the volatile events in the thirty years following the country's independence — the partitioning of India and Pakistan, the rule of Indira Gandhi, the onset of violence and war, and the imposition of martial law. It is a magical and haunting tale of both fragmentation and the struggle for identity that links personal life with national history.

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"Burgeons with life, with exuberance and fantasy....Rushdie is a writer of courage, impressive strength, and sheer stylistic brilliance." The Washington Post Book World

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"In Salman Rushdie, India has produced a glittering novelist — one with startling imaginative and intellectual resources, a master of perpetual storytelling." V. S. Pritchett, The New Yorker

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"An extraordinary novel...one of the most important to come out of the English-speaking world in this generation." Robert Towers, The New York Review of Books

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

About the Author

Salman Rushdie was born in 1947 and has lived in England since 1961. He is the author of six novels: Grimus, Midnights Children, which won the Booker Prize in 1981 and the James Tait Black Prize, Shame, winner of the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, The Satanic Verses, which won the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, which won the Writers Guild Award and The Moors Last Sigh which won the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award. He has also published a collection of short stories East, West, a book of reportage The Jaguar Smile, a volume of essays Imaginary Homelands and a work of film criticism The Wizard of Oz. His most recent novel is The Ground Beneath Her Feet, which was published in 1999.

Salman Rushdie was awarded Germanys Author of the Year Award for his novel The Satanic Verses in 1989. In 1993, Midnights Children was voted the ‘Booker of Bookers, the best novel to have won the Booker Prize in its first 25 years. In the same year, he was awarded the Austrian State Prize for European Literature. He is also Honorary Professor in the Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His books have been published in more than two dozen languages.

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Shaw Millerman, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Shaw Millerman)
Midnight's Children is everything you could ever want in a novel, a story, a myth or a bible. It's magical and epic, sweet and evil, raw and finely honed. It resonates on so many levels, makes you stop and put it down and marvel at the life Rushdie has so richly infused into the written word. The book is a pure pleasure to absorb and linger over, the way the words themselves seem to walk on water. It is obvious, Rushdie is harnessing something far bigger than himself but at times he lets his ego through and it is not the great thing in him but that ugly ego that takes over the words. Rushdie is so great though that even if the entire novel was composed of those few, less than perfect moments, Midnight’s Children would still be the best novel of the last ten years, if not one of the best stories ever.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812976533
Author:
Rushdie, Salman
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Subject:
Literary
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Islam
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Supernatural
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India
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Fantasy - General
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fiction;india;magical realism;novel;literature;booker prize;20th century;pakistan;historical fiction;fantasy;british;history;indian literature;contemporary fiction;postcolonial;literary fiction;booker prize winner;rushdie;contemporary;islam;independence;c
Subject:
fiction;india;magical realism;novel;literature;booker prize;20th century;pakistan;historical fiction;fantasy;british;history;indian literature;contemporary fiction;postcolonial;literary fiction;booker prize winner;contemporary;rushdie;islam;independence;c
Copyright:
Edition Number:
25
Edition Description:
Anniversary
Series:
Modern Library 100 Best Novels
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 1.2 in .875 lb

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Product details 560 pages Random House Trade - English 9780812976533 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Burgeons with life, with exuberance and fantasy....Rushdie is a writer of courage, impressive strength, and sheer stylistic brilliance."
"Review" by , "In Salman Rushdie, India has produced a glittering novelist — one with startling imaginative and intellectual resources, a master of perpetual storytelling."
"Review" by , "An extraordinary novel...one of the most important to come out of the English-speaking world in this generation."
"Review" by , "Huge, vital, engrossing...in all senses a fantastic book."
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