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  • Published: 16 May 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099582076
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 672
  • RRP: $19.99
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Midnight's Children




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

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.

  • Pub date: 16 May 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099582076
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 672
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie is the author of thirteen previous novels – Grimus, Midnight’s Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), Shame, 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, Luka and the Fire of Life, Two Years, Eight Months, and Twenty-Eight Nights, and The Golden House – and one collection of short stories: East, West. He has also published four works of non-fiction – Joseph Anton, The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands, and Step Across This Line – and co-edited two anthologies, Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. A former president of PEN American Center, Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for services to literature.

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Praise for Midnight's Children

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

“A magical-realist reflection of the issues India faced post-independence including culture, language, religion, and politics… It’s a truly incredible work.”

Jack Rear, Verdict

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

“The extraordinary alchemy of Midnight’s Children was its miraculous fusion of the fantastical and the historical.”

Jereme Boyd Maunsell, Evening Standard

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

“A wonderful, rich and humane novel that is safe to call a classic.”

Sam Jordison, Guardian

“'A brilliant and endearing novel.' London Review of Books”

“Rushdie’s novel took a post-colonial “empire fights back” spirit, and a deep personal understanding of the politics of Indian partition, and exploded them into something teeming with imaginative life… He inhabits a hybrid consciousness, with a telepathic connection to the other children of midnight, and tells its stories for all he is worth.”

Tim Adams, Observer


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