31 Aug 2019

Salman Rushdie - Reimagining Don Quixote

From Saturday Morning, 8:30 am on 31 August 2019
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Salman Rushdie was catapulted to literary fame when his second novel Midnight's Children won the Booker Prize in 1981.

His controversial 1988 book, The Satanic Verses, inspired in part by the life of Muhammad, resulted in the Supreme Leader of Iran issuing a fatwā calling for his assassination.

But he hasn't let this experience derail a prolific writing career and has just released his 19th book, Quichotte, which is on the longlist for the 2019 Booker Prize which will be announced in October.

This latest novel substitutes pill mills for windmills as it re-imagines Don Quixote in an America blighted by the opioid epidemic. It's a subject with personal and tragic ties to the author's own life.

Salman Rushie / Cover of Quichotte

Salman Rushie / Cover of Quichotte Photo: supplied