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Ce récit baroque et burlesque est aussi un pamphlet politique impitoyable. Élu en 2008 meilleur Booker Prize de l'histoire du prestigieux prix anglais, ce roman paru en 1980 a profondément influencé la littérature anglo-saxonne des trente dernières années.
Gibreel et Saladin ont été choisis pour être les protagonistes de la lutte éternelle entre le Bien et le Mal. Mais par qui ? Les anges sont-ils des diables déguisés ? Tandis que les deux hommes rebondissent du passé au présent, se déroule un cycle extraordinaire de contes d’amour et de passion, de trahison et de foi avec, au centre, l’histoire de Mahound, prophète de Jahilia, la cité de sable – Mahound, frappé par une révélation où les versets sataniques se mêlent au divin.
Salman Rushdie nous embarque dans une épopée truculente, un voyage de larmes et de rires au pays du Bien et du Mal, si inséparablement liés dans le cœur des hommes.
Dans cette œuvre vibrante de fantaisie, d'inventivité et d'humour, Rushdie mêle avec art la rigueur du nonsense anglais à la richesse flamboyante du conte oriental. L'auteur l'a écrite pour son fils peu après la fatwa qui réclamait son exécution : c'est aussi un plaidoyer pour la liberté d’imaginer.
WITH A NEW 40TH ANNIVERSARY INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHOR
Born at the stroke of midnight at the exact moment of India's independence, Saleem Sinai is a special child. However, this coincidence of birth has consequences he is not prepared for: telepathic powers connect him with 1,000 other 'midnight's children' all of whom are endowed with unusual gifts. Inextricably linked to his nation, Saleem's story is a whirlwind of disasters and triumphs that mirrors the course of modern India at its most impossible and glorious
BOOK FOUR OF THE RAJ QUARTET
The British Raj in India is in its final days. But the fall of the Empire is both the end of one era and the beginning of another. For the Hindus and Muslims, the political reality signals inevitable post-war recriminations and future territorial wrangles. For Guy Perron, Field Sergeant and historian, these last days are a time to reflect on the legacy the British has left behind in India. And for the British families still residing in India, decisions about their future must be made and final goodbyes must be said, all against the backdrop of one of the most turbulent periods of social change the world has ever seen.
Just before dawn one winter’s morning, a hijacked aeroplane blows apart high above the English Channel and two figures tumble, clutched in an embrace, towards the sea: Gibreel Farishta, India’s legendary movie star, and Saladin Chamcha, the man of a thousand voices.
Washed up, alive, on an English beach, their survival is a miracle. But there is a price to pay. Gibreel and Saladin have been chosen as opponents in the eternal wrestling match between Good and Evil. But chosen by whom? And which is which? And what will be the outcome of their final confrontation?
Le jour de l’investiture de Barack Obama, un énigmatique millionnaire venu d’un lointain Orient prend ses quartiers dans une communauté préservée au coeur de Greenwich Village avec ses trois fils adultes aussi brillants qu’excentriques. René Unterlinden, jeune réalisateur velléitaire, comprend que ces étranges voisins peuvent devenir une source d’inspiration inespérée. Convoquant la littérature, la pop-culture et le 7e art, Salman Rushdie écrit ici le roman à la fois angoissant et jubilatoire de l’identité, de la vérité, de la terreur et du mensonge dans leurs atours contemporains.
‘Salman Rushdie's greatest novel’ Sunday Times
Moraes ‘Moor’ Zogoiby is the last in line of a crooked and fantastical dynasty of spice merchants and crime lords from Cochin. He is also a compulsive storyteller and an exile. As we travel with him on a route that takes him from India to Spain, he spins his labyrinthine family tale of mad passions and volcanic family hatreds, of titanic matriarchs and their mesmerised offspring, of premature deaths and curses that strike beyond the grave.
But does the India of his parents – populated by extravagant artists, piratical gatekeepers and mysterious lost paintings – still exist? And will he ever discover what became of his fiery and tempestuous mother? Moraes’ epic quest to uncover the truth of the past is a love story to a vanishing world, and also its last hurrah.
**One of the BBC’s 100 Novels That Shaped Our World**
Discover this magnificent magical novel from the Booker-prize winning author of Midnight's Children.
When a young European traveller arrives at Sikri, the court of Mughal Emperor Akbar, the tale he spins brings the whole imperial capital to the brink of obsession. He calls himself ‘Mogor dell’Amore’, the Mughal of Love, and claims to be the son of a lost princess, whose name and very existence has been erased from the country’s history: Qara Köz, or ‘Lady Black Eyes’.
Lady Black Eyes is a fabled beauty believed to possess great powers of enchantment and sorcery. After a series of abductions by besotted warlords, she finds herself carried to Machiavellian Florence. In her attempts to command her own destiny in a world ruled by men, Lady Black Eyes brings together the two great cities of sensual Florence and hedonistic Sikri, so far apart and yet so alike, and two worlds become dangerously entwined.
‘Vintage Rushdie...reminds us, in case we may have forgotten, that he can tell a story across East and West better than anyone else in the language’ Sunday Telegraph
Blending history, mythology and a timeless love story, this is a satirical, magical masterpiece from one of the greatest living writers.
In the near future, after a storm strikes New York City, the strangenesses begin. A down-to-earth gardener finds that his feet no longer touch the ground. A graphic novelist awakens in his bedroom to a mysterious entity that resembles his own comic book creation. Abandoned at the mayor’s office, a baby identifies corruption with her mere presence, marking the guilty with blemishes and boils. A seductive gold digger is soon tapped to combat forces beyond imagining.
Unbeknownst to them, they are all descended from the whimsical, capricious, wanton creatures known as the jinn. Centuries ago, Dunia, a princess of the jinn, fell in love with a mortal man of reason. Together they produced an astonishing number of children, unaware of their fantastical powers, who spread across generations in the human world.
‘A riotous, exuberant and sometimes maddening celebration of the power of storytelling’ Sunday Times
The novel that set the stage for his modern classic, The Satanic Verses, Shame is Salman Rushdie’s phantasmagoric epic
Omar Khayyam Shakil had three mothers who shared everything. They shared the symptoms of pregnancy, they shared the son that they all claim to have borne on the same night. Raised at their six breasts, Omar's mothers teach him to live a life without shame. And it is training that proves very useful when he leaves his mothers’ fortress and makes the fateful mistake of falling in love. For he finds himself an unwitting player in an ongoing duel between the families of two men – one a celebrated wager of war, the other a debauched lover of pleasure – living in a world caught between honour and humiliation, where a moment of shame could prove fatal.
‘Shame is every bit as good as Midnight's Children. It is a pitch-black comedy of public life and historical imperatives’ The Times