Salman Rushdie's new novel to be historical
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Salman Rushdie's new novel to be historical

Set in the 16th century, the author's new novel talks about the Mughal dynasty and draws comparisons with its Italian counterpart.

india Updated: Jan 25, 2007 14:11 IST

The new novel of internationally acclaimed British-Indian author and novelist Salman Rushdie would be a historical one, set in the 16th century that talks about the Mughal dynasty and draws comparison to its Italian counterpart.

"The book should hit the bookstores sometimes next year," Rushdie, while addressing a press conference here Sunday, said.

The Booker Prize-winning writer spoke openly about his work and literature and confessed that with age and maturity there has been a shift in his voice, though not done consciously.

Comparing his experiences in writing, his first claim to fame, Midnight's Children, to his latest work Shalimar the Clown, Rushdie said that with time and age he learnt to be more concise and was able to sum up thoughts in lesser words.

Expressing his views on cultural and multiple identities, he emphasised on the need for people to get out of limited identities based on caste, colour or race and for larger identities based on interests, habits and other similar identities through which one could connect to a wider a group of people than constricting themselves within narrow walls of division.

Rushdie also spoke about the beginning of his career as a writer and the struggles he faced.

He embraced the idea of patronising young and upcoming writers and focused on the need to recognise raw talent, as these writers are the ones who require support.

First Published: Jan 22, 2007 11:59 IST