HIGHLY DECORATED: Booker-shortlisted, a New York Times bestseller, and published to critical acclaim.
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.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 BOOKER PRIZE
LONGLISTED FOR THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN FICTION
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“Chaotic, funny and driven by Rushdie’s passion for pop culture, Quichotte is literary pandemonium at its wildest.” —NOW
“Don Quixote for our time, a smart satire of every aspect of the contemporary culture. Witty, profound, tender, this love story shows a fiction master at his brilliant best.” —The Millions
“Quichotte is a fantastical dream within a dream…. a brilliant, funny, world-encompassing wonder—is a far more ambitious exercise than mere homage…. In Rushdie’s hands all borders are indeed porous: between author and subject, reality and magic, hope and folly…. His readers realize that they would happily follow Rushdie to the end of the world.” —TIME
“This Booker-longlisted riff on Don Quixote is a welcome return to form.” —The Times
“Hilarious by all accounts.” —Literary Hub
“Extraordinary…. This incisively outlandish but lyrical meditation on intolerance, TV addiction, and the opioid crisis operates on multiple planes, with razor-sharp topicality and humor, delivering a reflective examination of the plight of marginalized personhood with veritable aplomb.” —Library Journal (starred review)
“An exuberantly imagined and lacerating homage to the revered satire, Don Quixote…. This spellbinding, many-limbed saga of lives derailing in the ‘Age of Anything-Can-Happen’ is a wily frolic and a seismic denunciation. Rushdie meshes shrewd, parodic humor with intensifying suspense and pervasive sympathy, seeding this picaresque doomsday adventure with literary and television allusions and philosophical musings. As his vivid, passionate, and imperiled characters are confronted with racism, sexism, displacement, family ruptures, opioid addiction, disease, cyber warfare, and planetary convulsions, they valiantly seek the transcendence of love. Rushdie’s dazzling and provocative improvisation on an essential classic has powerful resonance in this time of weaponized lies and denials.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Rushdie’s rambunctious latest…hurtles through surreal time and space with the author’s retooled Don Quixote on a quest for love and redemption in an unloving and irredeemable USA…. Allowing the wild adventure to overwhelm oneself is half the fun. Rushdie’s extravagant fiction is the lie that tells the truth…. Rushdie’s uproarious comedy, which talks to itself while packing a good deal of historical and political freight, is a brilliant rendition of the cheesy, sleazy, scary pandemonium of life in modern times.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A splendid mess that, in the end, becomes a meditation on storytelling, memory, truth, and other hallmarks of a disappearing civilization…. Humane and humorous. Rushdie is in top form, serving up a fine piece of literary satire.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“This is the Rushdie we still need: eviscerator of the powers-that-be, who destroys rather than creates illusions.” —The Telegraph
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