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  • Published: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409028482
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 672

Midnight's Children

A BBC Between the Covers Big Jubilee Read Pick

Reissued to mark the 40th anniversary of Rushdie's masterpiece, this edition carries a new introduction written for the occasion


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

  • Published: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409028482
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 672

About the author

Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie is the author of fourteen 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, The Golden House and Quichotte (which was shortlisted for hte Booker Prize) – 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

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

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

Jereme Boyd Maunsell, Evening Standard

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

Sam Jordison, Guardian

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

A head-spinning tale... Rushdie's masterpiece virtually invented a new language for Anglo-Indian literature

John Walsh, Reader's Digest

Midnight's Children is also full of such zest for every messy aspect of life that you can't help but feel inspired


Fresh and witty

Neema Shah, Eastern Eye

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