Midnight's Children

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Vintage Books, 2011 - Fiction - 647 pages
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Born at the stroke of midnight at the exact moment of India's independence, Saleem Sinai is a special child. However, this coincidence of birth has consequences he is not prepared for: telepathic powers connect him with 1,000 other 'midnight's children' all of whom are endowed with unusual gifts. Inextricably linked to his nation, Saleem's story is a whirlwind of disasters and triumphs that mirrors the course of modern India at its most impossible and glorious

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Magical, because it is irreverent, honest and fearless writing. What writer is a writer if he isn't utterly fearless of governments, religions, societies and public opinions in his writing! How true ... Read full review

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I struggled reading this book. Maybe because of my lack of knowledge about India's history or because of the writing. It is one book, I will not read again. Read full review

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Salman Rushdie was born in 1947 and has lived in England since 1961. He is the author of six novels: "Grimus, Midnight's 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 Moor's 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 Germany's Author of the Year Award for his novel "The Satanic Verses" in 1989. In 1993, "Midnight's 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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