Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children: Adapted for the Theatre by Salman Rushdie, Simon Reade and Tim Supple (Paperback)

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The original stage adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, winner of the 1993 Booker of Bookers, the best book to win the Booker Prize in its first twenty-five years.

In the moments of upheaval that surround the stroke of midnight on August 14--15, 1947, the day India proclaimed its independence from Great Britain, 1,001 children are born--each of whom is gifted with supernatural powers. Midnight’s Children focuses on the fates of two of them--the illegitimate son of a poor Hindu woman and the male heir of a wealthy Muslim family--who become inextricably linked when a midwife switches the boys at birth.

An allegory of modern India, Midnight’s Children is a family saga set against the volatile events of the thirty years following the country’s independence--the partitioning of India and Pakistan, the rule of Indira Gandhi, the onset of violence and war, and the imposition of martial law. It is a magical and haunting tale, of fragmentation and of the struggle for identity and belonging that links personal life with national history.

In collaboration with Simon Reade, Tim Supple and the Royal Shakespeare Society, Salman Rushdie has adapted his masterpiece for the stage.

About the Author


SALMAN RUSHDIE is the author of fourteen novels--including Luka and the Fire of LifeGrimusMidnight's Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker); Shame; The Satanic Verses; Haroun and the Sea of StoriesThe Moor's Last SighThe Ground Beneath Her FeetFuryShalimar the Clown; The Enchantress of FlorenceTwo Years, Eight Months, and Twenty-Eight NightsThe Golden House; and Quichotte--and one collection of short stories: East, West. He has also published four works of non-fiction--Joseph AntonThe Jaguar SmileImaginary 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.

Praise For…


“The literary map of India has been redrawn. . . . Midnight’s Children sounds like a country finding its voice.” —The New York Times

“One of the most important books to come out of the English-speaking world in this generation.” —The New York Review of Books
Product Details
ISBN: 9780812969030
ISBN-10: 0812969030
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: February 18th, 2003
Pages: 144
Language: English
Series: Modern Library (Paperback)

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