Salman Rushdie is the author of thirteen previous novels, including Midnight's Children, for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker. He has also published four works of nonfiction and co-edited two anthologies. 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.
His latest book, Quichotte, was inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote. It features Sam Duchamp, a mediocre writer of spy thrillers, who creates Quichotte, a courtly, aging salesman, whose television obsession has cost him the ability to distinguish fantasy from reality. Just as Cervantes wrote Don Quixote to satirize the culture of his time, Rushdie takes the reader on a wild ride through a country on the verge of moral and spiritual collapse. And with the kind of storytelling magic that is the hallmark of his work, the fully realized lives of DuChamp and Quichotte intertwine in a profoundly human quest for love and wickedly entertaining portrait of an age in which fact is so often indiscernible from fiction.
Intricately plotted, wildly original, and deeply moving, Quichotte showcases Rushdie at his brilliant best.
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