Midnight’s Children: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)

Midnight's Children: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels) Author Salman Rushdie
ISBN-10 0812976533
ISBN-13 9780812976533
Year 2006-04-04
Pages 536
Language English
Publisher Random House Trade Paperbacks
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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all timeWinner of the Booker of Bookers Saleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15 1947 the very moment of Indias independence Greeted by fireworks displays cheering crowds and Prime Minister Nehru himself Saleem grows up to learn the ominous consequences of this coincidence His every act is mirrored and magnified in events that sway the course of national affairs his health and well being are inextricably bound to those of his nation his life is inseparable at times indistinguishable from the history of his country Perhaps most remarkable are the telepathic powers linking him with Indias 1 000 other midnights children all born in that initial hour and endowed with magical gifts This novel is at once a fascinating family saga and an astonishing evocation of a vast land and its peoplea brilliant incarnation of the universal human comedy Twenty five years after its publication Midnight s Children stands apart as both an epochal work of fiction and a brilliant performance by one of the great literary voices of our time

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