New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1981. First edition. A Fine copy of the book in very Nearly Fine dust jacket. The pink of the jacket spine is ever so slightly faded, but no other wear to speak of.
Rushdie’s breakout second novel, published in 1981. Midnight’s Children is a rumination on post-colonial India, and follows the story of the telepathic Saleem Sinai, born on the exact moment of India’s independence. The novel won both The Booker Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize as well as the Booker of Bookers. It appears on the BBC’s “The Big Read” as well as Penguin's Great Books of the 20th Century. Rushdie himself has been knighted, and The Times placed him on its list of the "50 greatest British writers since 1945.” Midnight’s Children has been adapted for film and the stage – the latter by the Royal Shakespeare Company. “We have an epic in our laps. The obvious comparisons are to Gunter Grass in ''The Tin Drum'' and to Gabriel Garcia Marquez in ''One Hundred Years of Solitude.'' I am happy to oblige the obvious. Like Grass and Garcia Marquez, Mr. Rushdie gives us history, politics, myth, food, magic, wit and dung…. I wish Mr. Rushdie's children, all of them orphans of history, would take over the world at dawn. This novel - exuberant, excessive, despairing -is special.” (Contemporary New York Times Review) Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #4689)