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First Look: Salman Rushdie's New Book, <em>Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights</em>
Authors | April 17, 2015

First Look: Salman Rushdie's New Book, Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights

Sir Salman Rushdie's new book is Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights: a novel that blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story. The cover image for the book was released today, in advance of its September 2015 publication.

Rushdie is also the author of The Satanic VersesThe Moor's Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, and The Enchantress of Florence. For his masterwork of magic realism, Midnight's Children, he won the presitigious Booker Prize, and later, the Best of the Booker. An eclectic writer and noted public intellectual, Rushdie has won many of the world's top literary prizes, published a heralded collection of essays, Step Across the Line, written a book on The Wizard of Oz, and served for two years as president of The PEN American Center, the world's oldest human rights organization.

More about Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights:
 
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, where 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.

In his spellbinding lectures, Sir Salman Rushdie speaks about the major themes coursing through his writing, his life and our world: freedom of expression, religion, pop culture, current events at home and abroad, East-West relations, and the role of the artist to shape our understanding of the world. To book Salman Rushdie as the keynote speaker for your next event, contact The Lavin Agency speakers bureau.
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