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  • Published: 30 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9781784701857
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $19.99

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights




Blending history, mythology and a timeless love story, this is a satirical, magical masterpiece from one of greatest living writers

Blending history, mythology and a timeless love story, this is a satirical, magical masterpiece from one of the greatest living writers.

In the near future, after a storm strikes New York City, the strangenesses begin. A down-to-earth gardener finds that his feet no longer touch the ground. A graphic novelist awakens in his bedroom to a mysterious entity that resembles his own comic book creation. Abandoned at the mayor’s office, a baby identifies corruption with her mere presence, marking the guilty with blemishes and boils. A seductive gold digger is soon tapped to combat forces beyond imagining.


Unbeknownst to them, they are all descended from the whimsical, capricious, wanton creatures known as the jinn. Centuries ago, Dunia, a princess of the jinn, fell in love with a mortal man of reason. Together they produced an astonishing number of children, unaware of their fantastical powers, who spread across generations in the human world.

‘A riotous, exuberant and sometimes maddening celebration of the power of storytelling’ Sunday Times

  • Pub date: 30 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9781784701857
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • 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 Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

“[The book] moves between gentle irony and moments of profound emotion. It is a riotous, exuberant and sometimes maddening celebration of the power of storytelling, and of the importance of education and culture.”

Christina Patterson, Sunday Times

“His usual seamless blend of the realistic and fantastic.”

Travel Guide

“Two Years, Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights blends Arabian myth, history and sci-fi into a whirlwind fable.”

Good Housekeeping

“Rollicking, lyrical and very enjoyable tale.”

Darragh McManus, Irish Independent

“A powerful indictment of religious violence.”

Francesca Wade, Literary Review

“Great fun.”

Fiona Maddocks, Guardian

“Sensational… it is unlike not only anything you may have read by Rushdie but by anyone anywhere.”

Sathnam Sanghera, The Times

“The dark delights that spring from his imagination in this novel have a spellbinding energy that has marked the greatest storytellers since the days for Scheherazade.”

Erica Wagner, Observer

“Rushdie writes with a happy exuberance.”

Allan Massie, Scotman

“Vividly described and rich in mayhem.”

Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

“Using fantasy as the “other”, Rushdie shows how swiftly local fears can swell into pandemonium in a future that isn’t so far away.”

Jessica Calderon, Nylon

“This profound and funny novel thrives on unresolved tensions between reality and magic, fact and fiction, philosophy and religion.”

Declan Burke, Irish Examiner

“Rich, bejeweled narrative.”

Monocle

“A glittering kaleidoscope of stories which creates a dazzling whole.”

Gareth Watkins, four stars, Stylist

“Rushdie is a generous, good-natured writer who’d rather woo and seduce his readers than reduce the truth to gall and brimstone and make them swallow it.”

Ursula K Le Guin, Guardian

“Fans should be satisfied and newcomers bemused, then enchanted, by the wordsmithery on show.”

Manchester Evening News

“Two Years, Eight Months And Twenty-Eight Nights blends Arabian myth, history and sci-fi into a whirlwind of a fable.”

Joanne Finney, Good Housekeeping

“A mesmerizing modern tale about worlds dangerously colliding, the monsters that are unleashed when reason recedes, and a beautiful testament to the power of love and humanity in chaotic times.”

Kevin McGough, The Fix

“A festive treat… I know it will bring light, warmth and humour along with a playful understanding of the vagaries of human nature.”

Mariella Frostrup, Observer

“A joyous, fractured fairytale with a cast of thousands and a darkly glittering heart.”

Alex Preston, Observer

“Will no doubt be read for generations to come.”

Rohan Silva, Evening Standard

“Salman Rushdie described a battle between Islamic jinn for a 21st-century Earth.”

Tim Martin, Daily Telegraph

“An energetic return to form pitting reason against religious zeal”

Justine Jordan, Guardian

“Magic realism squared […] the most madcap fun you’re likely to have in a book this year.”

Olaf Tyaransen, Hot Press

“I love, love, love the Rushdie – I think it’s my favourite of his… The fantasy elements are just magical and, of course, it’s gorgeously written.”

Marianne Faithfull, Observer

“An apocalyptic battle between reason and unreason, good and evil, light and darkness, with all the bells and whistles of a Hollywood blockbuster.”

Carlos Fraenkel, London Review of Books

“Not only a beautifully written satire-as-fairytale but the subject matter is bang on trend… That Rushdie should still be writing so potently and still be continuing to push back the frontiers, when he could easily pull up a deck chair and languish on the frontiers he already owns is wonderful, inspirational and profoundly (but only in the best way) terrifying… 10/10, Master.”

Starburst Magazine

“Ambitious, smart and dark fable that is full of rich and profound notions about human nature.”

Katherine McLaughlin, SciFi Now

“I like to think how many readers are going to admire the courage of this book, revel in its fierce colours, its boisterousness, humour and tremendous pizzazz, and take delight in its generosity of spirit.”

Ursula K Le Guin, Guardian


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