Salman Rushdie’s new novel, The Golden House, will hit bookstores in September and tells the story of a wealthy family from Mumbai desperately seeking to forget the tragedy of 26/11 as they try to reinvent themselves in New York City.
The Golden House will be published simultaneously in India, the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, publishers Penguin Random House said.
“A modern-day thriller, it follows a mysteriously wealthy family from Bombay that is desperately seeking to forget the tragedy they left behind as they feverishly reinvent themselves in New York City,” the publishers said.
“Copiously detailed, sumptuously inventive, brimming with all the razzle-dazzle that imbues his fiction with the lush ambience of a fable, The Golden House is about where we were before 26/11, where we are today and how we got here,” the publishers announced on Tuesday.
Meru Gokhale, editor-in-chief (literary publishing) at Penguin Random House India, who acquired Indian subcontinent rights from the Wylie Agency, says, “This is Salman Rushdie at his finest. The Golden House is a masterclass on the confusing world we have brought upon ourselves.”
“The book dissects the cultural and political vacuum in which a generation whose frame of reference for globalisation has increasingly been coloured by conflict must perform an intense balancing act. It is a terrific story, told at every step of the way with originality and nimble, impeccable plotting,” Gokhale said.
The narrative is set against “the panorama” of American life since Barack Obama’s arrival at the White House in 2009. According to the publishers, Rushdie will reflect on everything from the Tea Party and identity politics to the rise of a certain “media-savvy villain” with unusually colored hair (Donald Trump).
Michal Shavit, publishing director at Jonathan Cape, who has acquired UK & Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada and India, from Andrew Wylie, said: “In a new world order of alternative truths, Salman Rushdie has written the ultimate novel about identity, truth, terror and lies. A brilliant, heartbreaking, realist novel that is not only uncannily prescient but shows one of the world’s greatest storytellers working at the height of his powers.”
Rushdie won the Booker Prize for his novel Midnight’s Children in 1981. His last novel Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights was published in 2015. Rushdie’s previous works include The Moor’s Last Sigh, Fury, Shalimar the Clown and the controversial Satanic Verses.
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