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Midnight's children

By: Rushdie, Salman

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0099578514 / 9780099578512
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United Kingdom
Contemporary classics
20 cm 462 p.
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Reprint. Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1981.
'India has produced a great novelist...a master of perpetual storytelling' V.S. Pritchett, New Yorker

Saleem Sinai was born at midnight, the midnight of India's independence, and found himself mysteriously 'handcuffed to history' by the coincidence.

He is one of 1,001 children born at the midnight hour, each of them endowed with an extraordinary talent - and whose privilege and curse it is to be both master and victims of their times.

Through Saleem's gifts - inner ear and wildly sensitive sense of smell - we are drawn into a fascinating family saga set against the vast, colourful background of the India of the 20th century.


FC Classic fiction (pre c 1945)


W 1981 James Tait Black Memorial Prize (Fiction)
W 1993 Booker of Bookers
R 2003 The BBC Big Read Top 100
W 1981 Booker Prize for Fiction
S 2003 BBC Big Read Top 100

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