Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children (Paperback)

Adapted for the Theatre by Salman Rushdie, Simon Reade and Tim Supple

By Salman Rushdie

Modern Library, 9780812969030, 144pp.

Publication Date: February 18, 2003

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (4/4/2006)
Hardcover (10/17/1995)
CD-Audio (11/2/2017)
Prebound (4/4/2006)
MP3 CD (8/11/2015)
Paperback, Chinese (9/1/2015)
Paperback (5/1/1995)
Paperback (5/1/2008)
Paperback (8/1/2011)

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Description

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 thirteen previous novels--GrimusMidnight's Children (winner of the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), ShameThe Satanic VersesHaroun and the Sea of StoriesThe Moor's Last SighThe Ground Beneath Her FeetFuryShalimar the ClownThe Enchantress of FlorenceLuka and the Fire of LifeTwo Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights and The Golden House--and one collection of short stories: East, West. He has also published four works of nonfiction--Joseph AntonThe Jaguar SmileImaginary Homelands, and Step Across This Line. Recognized with numerous awards, 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 his services to literature.



Praise For Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children: Adapted for the Theatre by Salman Rushdie, Simon Reade and Tim Supple

“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