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Quichotte
A Novel
By (author): Salman Rushdie
9780735279315 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Literary Sep 03, 2019
$34.95 CAD
Active 6.45 x 9.54 x 1.36 in 416 pages Knopf Random Vintage Canada Knopf Canada
 
Booker Prize 2019, Short-listed
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE

Quichotte is a love story of profound tenderness and humanity from a great storyteller at his brilliant best. Wise, beautifully written, as heartbreaking as it is wildly comic, its characters unforgettable, its plot dazzlingly suspenseful, it illuminates our corrupt times where fact is so often indiscernible from fiction.


Quichotte, an aging travelling salesman obsessed with TV, is on a quest for love. Unfortunately, his daily diet of reality TV, sitcoms, films and soaps has distorted his ability to separate fantasy from reality. He wishes an imaginary son, Sancho, into existence, while obsessively writing love letters to a celebrity he knows only through his screen. Together the two innocents set off across America in Quichotte’s trusty Chevy Cruze to find her and convince her of his love. Quichotte’s story is told by Sam DuChamp, a mediocre spy novelist in the midst of a midlife crisis, and as the stories of DuChamp and Quichotte intertwine, we are taken on a wild, picaresque journey through a familiar country on the edge of moral and spiritual collapse.

Story Locale: Across the US, New York City, Mumbai

SOCIAL MEDIA: Rushdie has a huge fanbase through social media.

LITERARY ICON: Always widely reviewed, recognizable to the public as one of the top bestselling writers today.

TIMELY/RELEVANT: From a dizzying immersion in pop-culture, political and social corruption to privacy hacking, racism, bigotry and the opioid crisis, he explores the slipperiness of our era and its effect on us as individuals and as a society.

A GLORIOUS HOMAGE to the 17th century all-time bestselling classic by Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote (known as the “first Novel”), a beloved novel to Rushdie, written in an era of very similar corruption and instability. He reflects its great humanity, comedy and tragedy, its unforgettable characters, and literary playfulness, while bringing its timeless themes forward to our time.

MESMERIZING STORYTELLING: Grounded in tremendous philosophical depth, this is Rushdie’s most humane, endearing novel since Midnight’s Children.

SIMULTANEOUS PUBLICATION: Knopf Canada, Vintage Publishing (UK), Random House (US).

SALMAN RUSHDIE is the author of thirteen previous novels—Grimus, Midnight’s Children (winner of 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 nonfiction—Joseph Anton, The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands, and Step Across This Line. Recognized with numerous awards, 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 his services to literature.

Author Residence: New York City

Author Hometown: Bombay (Mumbai), India

Marketing: Pre-order social media campaign (organic & paid)

Solicit advance reader reviews via Goodreads (paid) and social giveaways

Finished copy influencer mailing, with promo item

Organic and paid social media advertising at on sale through the holidays

Asset sharing with US & UK publishers, including author video

Digital advertising at on sale

Focus of Penguin Random House Canada and Knopf Canada social media accounts

Gift Guide priority



Publicity: There is always a lot of interest for Rushdie.

I’d like to bring him to Toronto for media and event. And perhaps an additional event in the GTA (like Burlington/Oakville).

Extensive media coverage. National radio interviews like the CBC Radio-Q, CBC Radio-Metro Morning, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Postmedia.

Extensive galley review mailing.



Author Website: www.salmanrushdie.com

Author Social Media: Twitter: @SalmanRushdie

Praise for his last novel The Golden House:

A Best Book of the Year (The Globe and Mail, National Post,NPR, PBS, The Times, Esquire)

“Powerful…. Profound and moving. Mystery, tragedy, family drama, coming of age story, romance, myth, satire…. A fairy tale for our time.” —Toronto Star

“A profoundly necessary voice in contemporary literature.” —The Globe and Mail

“Ripe with myth and imagination…and infused with an urgency that is impossible to ignore.” —Winnipeg Free Press

“[A] modern masterpiece…full of wonder, leaving you marveling at how it ever came out of the author’s head.” —Associated Press

Sheer, dazzling brilliance.” —The Boston Globe

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