Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
Category: Books
Salman Rushdie

by Silvia Castello

An amusement park of a pulpy disaster novel that resists flying out of control by being grounded by religion, history, culture and love. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, a new roman by Salman Rushdie, is a wonder tale about the way we live now, a rich and multifaceted work that blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story to bring alive a world – our world – that has been plunged into an age of unreason.

Inspired by 2,000 years of storytelling tradition yet rooted in the concerns of our present moment, it is a breathtaking achievement and an enduring testament to the power of the imagination. Jonathan Cape publishing director Dan Franklin said: “Salman’s new novel is one of his very best. It is fast-paced, funny, and an absolutely thrilling read, and so, so pertinent to the world in which we live". Louise Dennys, Executive Publisher of Random House of Canada, said of the new novel: “A truly great, deeply rewarding story is hard to come by and we cherish such stories. Salman Rushdie is our preeminent storyteller, but he has outdone even himself in his spellbinding new novel –his most entertaining, most moving and, given the novel’s powerful moral vision, his most deceptively lighthearted… It is absolutely gripping. The characters we meet here, with their dreams of love, their hopes and ambitions for themselves and the world, their battles for survival and for power, will live in our imaginations for years. The novel is sometimes such fun you will laugh aloud, but you will also be moved to tears. I loved every moment of this fabulous story". Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights is erudite without flaunting it, an amusement park of a pulpy disaster novel that resists flying out of control by being grounded by religion, history, culture and love.

(With Salman Rushdie.com)