Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

by Salman Rushdie

Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights Synopsis

In the near future, after a storm strikes New York City, the strangenesses begin. A down-to-earth gardener finds that his feet no longer touch the ground. A graphic novelist awakens in his bedroom to a mysterious entity that resembles his own sub-Stan Lee creation. Abandoned at the mayor's office, a baby identifies corruption with her mere presence, marking the guilty with blemishes and boils. A seductive gold digger is soon tapped to combat forces beyond imagining. Unbeknownst to them, they are all descended from the whimsical, capricious, wanton creatures known as the jinn, who live in a world separated from ours by a veil. Centuries ago, Dunia, a princess of the jinn, fell in love with a mortal man of reason. Together they produced an astonishing number of children, unaware of their fantastical powers, who spread across generations in the human world. Once the line between worlds is breached on a grand scale, Dunia's children and others will play a role in an epic war between light and dark spanning a thousand and one nights - or two years, eight months, and twenty-eight nights. It is a time of enormous upheaval, in which beliefs are challenged, words act like poison, silence is a disease, and a noise may contain a hidden curse. Inspired by the traditional 'wonder tales' of the East, Salman Rushdie's novel is a masterpiece about the age-old conflicts that remain in today's world. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights is satirical and bawdy, full of cunning and folly, rivalries and betrayals, kismet and karma, rapture and redemption.

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights Press Reviews

'[The book] moves between gentle irony and moments of profound emotion. It is a riotous, exuberant and sometimes maddening celebration of the power of storytelling, and of the importance of education and culture.' -- Christina Patterson Sunday Times

'His usual seamless blend of the realistic and fantastic.' Travel Guide

'Two Years, Eight Months & Twenty-eight Nights blends Arabian myth, history and sci-fi into a whirlwind fable.' Good Housekeeping

'I like to think how many readers are going to admire the courage of this book, revel in its fierce colours, its boisterousness, humour and tremendous pizzazz, and take delight in its generosity of spirit.' -- Ursula K Le Guin Guardian

'rollicking, lyrical and very enjoyable tale.' -- Darragh McManus Irish Independent

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ISBN: 9781910702031
Publication date: 10/09/2015
Publisher:
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781910702031
Publication date: 10th September 2015
Author: Salman Rushdie
Publisher:
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 304 pages
Genres: Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Salman Rushdie

Sir Salman Rushdie was born in Bombay (now Mumbai) on 19 June 1947. He went to school in Bombay and at Rugby in England, and read History at King's College, Cambridge, where he joined the Cambridge Footlights theatre company. After graduating, he lived with his family who had moved to Pakistan in 1964, and worked briefly in television before returning to England, beginning work as a copywriter for an advertising agency. His first novel, Grimus, was published in 1975. His second novel, the acclaimed Midnight's Children, was published in 1981. It won the Booker Prize for Fiction, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (for fiction), ...

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