Salman Rushdie – Quichotte


An epicDon Quixotefor the modern age, a brilliant, funny, world-encompassing wonder (Time) from internationally best-selling author Salman Rushdie


Lovely, unsentimental, heart-affirming…a remembrance of what holds our human lives in some equilibrium – a way of feeling and a way of telling. Love and language. (Jeanette Winterson, The New York Times Book Review)

Named One of The Best Books of The Year by Time and NPR

Inspired by the Cervantes classic,Sam DuChamp, mediocre writer of spy thrillers, creates Quichotte, a courtly, addled salesman obsessed with television who falls in impossible love with a TV star. Together with his (imaginary) son Sancho, Quichotte sets off on a picaresque quest across America to prove worthy of her hand, gallantly bravingthe tragicomic perils of an age where Anything-Can-Happen. Meanwhile his creator, in a midlife crisis, has equally urgent challenges of his own.

Just as Cervantes wrote Don Quixote to satirize the culture of his time, Rushdie takes the listener on a wild ride through a country on the verge of moral and spiritual collapse. And with the kind of storytelling magic that is the hallmark of Rushdie’s work, the fully realized lives of DuChamp and Quichotte intertwine in a profoundly human quest for love and a wickedly entertaining portrait of an age in which fact is so often indiscernible from fiction.

Praise for Quichotte

Brilliant…a perfect fit for a moment of transcontinental derangement. (Financial Times)

Quichotteis one of the cleverest, most enjoyable metafictional capers this side of postmodernism…. The narration is fleet of foot, always one step ahead of the reader – somewhere between a pinball machine and a three-dimensional game of snakes and ladders…. This novel can fly, it can float, its anecdotal, effervescent, charming, and a jolly good story to boot. (The Sunday Times)

Quichotte[is] an updating of Cervantes story that proves to be an equally complicated literary encounter, jumbling together a chivalric quest, a satire on Trumps America and a whole lot of postmodern playfulness in a novel that isas sharp as a flick-knife and as clever as a barrel of monkeys…. This is a novel that feeds the heart while it fills the mind. (The Times,UK)

Author: Salman Rushdie
Narrator: Vikas Adam
Duration: 16 hours 1 min
Released: 19 Mar 2009
Publisher: Random House Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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Quichotte was the first book that I have read by Salman Rushdie. Whimsical, magical, and just fun. Fly with him on his magic carpet of imagination and explore the world through current as well as historical eyes makes it overall fun to read.
The story weaves between truth and life, which can be quite bleak, and the story that the writer is writing within the story, which carries contemporary culture and the problems of the world with sweet-natured escapism.
I loved the book and now must go and purchase some of his others.