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Quichotte : a novel

The award-winning author of Midnight’s Children presents a modern adaptation of Don Quixote that finds a courtly, addled salesman embarking on a cross-country journey with his imaginary son after falling impossibly in love with a television star. Simultaneous. - (Baker & Taylor)

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER &; An epic Don Quixote for the modern age, &;a brilliant, funny, world-encompassing wonder&; (Time) from internationally bestselling author Salman Rushdie
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE &; &;Lovely, unsentimental, heart-affirming . . . a remembrance of what holds our human lives in some equilibrium&;a way of feeling and a way of telling. Love and language.&;&;Jeanette Winterson, The New York Times Book Review


Inspired by the Cervantes classic, Sam DuChamp, mediocre writer of spy thrillers, creates Quichotte, a courtly, addled salesman obsessed with television who falls in impossible love with a TV star. Together with his (imaginary) son Sancho, Quichotte sets off on a picaresque quest across America to prove worthy of her hand, gallantly braving the tragicomic perils of an age where &;Anything-Can-Happen.&; Meanwhile, his creator, in a midlife crisis, has equally urgent challenges of his own.

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 Rushdie&;s work, the fully realized lives of DuChamp and Quichotte intertwine in a profoundly human quest for love and a wickedly entertaining portrait of an age in which fact is so often indiscernible from fiction.

Praise for Quichotte

&;Brilliant . . . a perfect fit for a moment of transcontinental derangement.&;&;Financial Times

&;Quichotte is one of the cleverest, most enjoyable metafictional capers this side of postmodernism. . . . The narration is fleet of foot, always one step ahead of the reader&;somewhere between a pinball machine and a three-dimensional game of snakes and ladders. . . . This novel can fly, it can float, it&;s anecdotal, effervescent, charming, and a jolly good story to boot.&;&;The Sunday Times

&;Quichotte [is] an updating of Cervantes&;s story that proves to be an equally complicated literary encounter, jumbling together a chivalric quest, a satire on Trump&;s America and a whole lot of postmodern playfulness in a novel that is as sharp as a flick-knife and as clever as a barrel of monkeys. . . . This is a novel that feeds the heart while it fills the mind.&;&;The Times (UK) - (Random House, Inc.)

Author Biography

Salman Rushdie is the author of thirteen previous 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, 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&;and coedited 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. - (Random House, Inc.)

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