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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time
Winner of the Booker of Bookers
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.
About the Author
Sir SALMAN RUSHDIE is the multi-award winning author of eleven previous novels--"Luka and the Fire of Life," "Grimus," "Midnight's Children "(which won the Booker Prize, 1981, and the Best of the Booker Prize, 2008), "Shame, The Satanic Verses," "Haroun and the Sea of Stories," "The Moor's Last Sigh," "The Ground Beneath Her Feet," "Fury," "Shalimar the Clown" and "The Enchantress of Florence"--and one collection of short stories, "East, West." He has also published three works of non-fiction: "The Jaguar Smile," "Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism 1981-1991 "and "Step Across This Line," and coedited two anthologies, "Mirrorwork "and "Best American Short Stories 2008." His memoir, "Joseph Anton," published in 2012, became an internationally acclaimed bestseller. It was praised as "the finest memoir...in many a year" ("The Washington Post"). His books have been translated into over forty languages. He is a former president of American PEN.