Saleem Sinai was born at midnight, the midnight of India's independence, and found himself handcuffed to history by the coincidence. He is one of 1,001 children born at the midnight hour, each of them endowed with an extraordinary talent. This is a family saga set against the background of the India of the 20th century.

Salman Rushdie (Midnight's children) - silence has an echo

With a specially commissioned introduction by the author and illustrations by Anna Bhushan, the Folio Society edition of Midnight's Children brilliantly evokes the essence of this magical political allegory.

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Salman Rushdie is the author of 12 novels, including Midnight's Children and The Satanic Verses. Rushdie was once the subject of death threats; now, when asked if he can move about freely Rushdie responds: "You have to stop asking me. ... It's been like 16 years since it's been OK."

Salman Rushdie - Midnight's Children I have it on my Kindle, but haven't gotten around to it yet

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