The epic new novel from the Booker Prize-winning, internationally bestselling author Salman Rushdie - a playful inversion of Don Quixote set in contemporary America.
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.
Rushdie is one of the greats of his generation... But
it's rare for a writer to produce their best work towards the end
of their career... Quichotte is one of the cleverest,
most enjoyable metafictional capers this side of postmodernism...
This novel can fly, it can float, it's anecdotal,
effervescent, charming, and a jolly good story to boot...
Encore! Encore! -- Claire Lowdon * Sunday Times *
A brilliant, funny, world-encompassing wonder... His readers realize that they would happily follow Rushdie to the end of the world... a glimmer of hope, like an impossible dream, is left for us [in Quichotte]. -- Nicholas Mancusi * Time Magazine *
A triumphant assault on the coarsened American sensibility... [A] packed, funny, melancholy, masterpiece of a novel. -- Andrew Billen * The Times *
A novel that is as sharp as a flick-knife and as clever as a barrel of monkeys... More than just another postmodern box of tricks, [Quichotte] is a novel that feeds the heart while it fills the mind. -- Robert Douglas-Fairhurst * The Times *
Rushdie's fans will find much to love in this hyperactive, tenchicolour satire... Many balls are juggles here, but, somehow, Rushdie keeps them all gloriously in the air. -- Claire Allfree * Daily Mail *
Quichotte is cleverly plotted and compellingly paced, a constant reminder that precious few writers can manoeuvre a sentence like Rushdie, and a moving story about love and the importance of family too... In other words, Quichotte is a sort of manifesto about the power of fiction. -- Alexander Nurnberg * Times Literary Supplement *
A fast-spinning postmodern double Catherine wheel - impossible not to be dazzled by... exhilarating. -- Holly Williams * Independent *
This is the Rushdie we still need: eviscerator of the powers-that-be, who destroys rather than creates illusions... Here is a language adequate to our times. -- Vidyan Ravin thiran * Telegraph *
Very much a Don Quixote for our times... a wild, enjoyable ride. -- Ian Thomson * Evening Standard *
[A] modern Don Quixote... Rushdie has created something that feels wholly original even if you've never heard of the hopelessly romantic Spanish knight-errant who sees danger in windmills... Lucky for us, there are true storytellers and Rushdie is near the top of that list. If you haven't read him before, this is a good book to start with-it's fabulist and funny while revealing an awful lot about the world we live in today. * Associated Press *