Midnight's Children

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Penguin Books, 1980 - Fiction - 552 pages
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Saleem Sinai was born at midnight, the midnight of India's independence, and finds himself mysteriously 'handcuffed to history' by the coincidence. He is one of 1,001 children born at the midnight hour, each of them endowed with an extraordinary talent-and whose privilege and curse it is to be both master and victims of their times. Through Saleem's gifts-inner voices and a wildly sensitive sense of smell-we are drawn into a fascinating family saga set against the vast, colourful background of the India of this century.

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MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN: A Novel

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When Indian novelist Rushdie arrived with Grimus in 1979 we called him "an imagination to watch." And he'll be watched indeed once this bravura fiction starts circulating—a picaresque entertainment ... Read full review

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About the author (1980)

Salman Rushdie was born in India on June 19, 1947. He was raised in Pakistan and educated in England. His novels include Grimus, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor's Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown, The Enchantress of Florence, and Luka and the Fire of Life. His non-fiction works include Imaginary Homelands, The Jaguar Smile, and Step across This Line. He has received numerous awards including the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel (twice), the James Tait Black Prize, the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, the Booker Prize in 1981for Midnight's Children, and the 2014 PEN/Pinter Prize.

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