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Genuine 1st/1st, ex lib, silver and maroon boards, 1st dustjacket. Codice inventario libreria
Riassunto: "An extraordinary novel . . . one of the most important to come out of the English-speaking world in this generation. [It] is to modern India what Gunter Grass's The Tin Drum is to modern Germany."-- Robert Towers, The New York Times Book Review
Packaged with French flaps, acid-free paper, and rough front.
Review: Anyone who has spent time in the developing world will know that one of Bombay's claims to fame is the enormous film industry that churns out hundreds of musical fantasies each year. The other, of course, is native son Salman Rushdie--less prolific, perhaps than Bollywood, but in his own way just as fantastical. Though Rushdie's novels lack the requisite six musical numbers that punctuate every Bombay talkie, they often share basic plot points with their cinematic counterparts. Take, for example, his 1980 Booker Prize-winning Midnight's Children: two children born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947--the moment at which India became an independent nation--are switched in the hospital. The infant scion of a wealthy Muslim family is sent to be raised in a Hindu tenement, while the legitimate heir to such squalor ends up establishing squatters' rights to his unlucky hospital mate's luxurious bassinet. Switched babies are standard fare for a Hindi film, and one can't help but feel that Rushdie's world-view--and certainly his sense of the fantastical--has been shaped by the films of his childhood. But whereas the movies, while entertaining, are markedly mediocre, Midnight's Children is a masterpiece, brilliant written, wildly unpredictable, hilarious and heartbreaking in equal measure.
Rushdie's narrator, Saleem Sinai, is the Hindu child raised by wealthy Muslims. Near the beginning of the novel, he informs us that he is falling apart--literally:
I mean quite simply that I have begun to crack all over like an old jug--that my poor body, singular, unlovely, buffeted by too much history, subjected to drainage above and drainage below, mutilated by doors, brained by spittoons, has started coming apart at the seams. In short, I am literally disintegrating, slowly for the moment, although there are signs of an acceleration.In light of this unfortunate physical degeneration, Saleem has decided to write his life story, and, incidentally, that of India's, before he crumbles into "(approximately) six hundred and thirty million particles of anonymous, and necessarily oblivious, dust." It seems that within one hour of midnight on India's independence day, 1,001 children were born. All of those children were endowed with special powers: some can travel through time, for example; one can change gender. Saleem's gift is telepathy, and it is via this power that he discovers the truth of his birth: that he is, in fact, the product of the illicit coupling of an Indian mother and an English father, and has usurped another's place. His gift also reveals the identities of all the other children and the fact that it is in his power to gather them for a "midnight parliament" to save the nation. To do so, however, would lay him open to that other child, christened Shiva, who has grown up to be a brutish killer. Saleem's dilemma plays out against the backdrop of the first years of independence: the partition of India and Pakistan, the ascendancy of "The Widow" Indira Gandhi, war, and, eventually, the imposition of martial law.
We've seen this mix of magical thinking and political reality before in the works of Günter Grass and Gabriel García Márquez. What sets Rushdie apart is his mad prose pyrotechnics, the exuberant acrobatics of rhyme and alliteration, pun, wordplay, proper and "Babu" English chasing each other across the page in a dizzying, exhilarating cataract of words. Rushdie can be laugh-out-loud funny, but make no mistake--this is an angry book, and its author's outrage lends his language wings. Midnight's Children is Salman Rushdie's irate, affectionate love song to his native land--not so different from a Bombay talkie, after all. --Alix Wilber
Titolo: Midnight's Children
Casa editrice: Jonathan Cape
Data di pubblicazione: 1981
Condizione libro: Good
Edizione: 1st Edition
Descrizione libro Paperback. Condizione libro: Good. Codice libro della libreria TT00169711B
Descrizione libro Jonathan Cape Ltd 23/04/1981, 1981. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. A few dirty marks, some fading and shelf wear on jacket. Content is fine. Book. Codice libro della libreria 058204-10
Descrizione libro Hardback. Condizione libro: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Codice libro della libreria GOR001528444
Descrizione libro Hardback. Condizione libro: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Codice libro della libreria GOR001402427
Descrizione libro Hardback. Condizione libro: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Codice libro della libreria GOR001243859
Descrizione libro Jonathan Cape. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. 022401823X UK BASED SELLER ALL OVERSEAS SHIPPING VIA AIRMAIL *COVER MAY DIFFER TO ONE SHOWN * ex library copy. Codice libro della libreria FF0011236
Descrizione libro Jonathan Cape 1982, 5th impression, 1982. hardback reprint, large 8vo, 446pp, discreet owner's label on front endpaper, otherwise clean and tight, Very Good / Very Good dustwrapper. ISBN: 022401823X. Codice libro della libreria 26824
Descrizione libro Cape, London, 1981. Hard Back. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. Reprint. Third reprint 1981 (year of publication), some wear/rubbing to spine ends and corners, one or two dust-marks to edges, strain to stitching of first section (visible at title page), but binding secure, and internally the pages are clean and tight; dust-wrapper is faded/browned to the spine, but otherwise very good. Extra postage required outside Europe. Codice libro della libreria 008543
Descrizione libro Jonathan Cape, London, 1981. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. Early printing of this celebrated novel, winner of the 1981 Booker Prize, plus the Best Of The Booker prize, in 1993 and 2008. 446 pages. First edition, second reprint 1981 (year of first printing). Blue cloth boards, unclipped dust jacket (now in a removable protective sleeve). Slight self wear to jacket edges, previous owner's names on front free endpaper. Photographs available on request. All books dispatched same or next working day in robust packaging. Codice libro della libreria 009071
Descrizione libro Jonathan Cape Ltd, London, 1981. Original Cloth. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. Third Impression. Second reprint from same year as first publication. Slight trace of pencilled price on front free endpaper and light browning to page edges. Pages otherwise clean and unmarked. The jacket has quite a bit of fading to the spine as is common with this title along with a little edge browning. Codice libro della libreria 007987