28 October, 2020


A quick early review of Rushdie's latest and a terribly tiny tale about Hitchcock.


Djinns in Adulthood

Early reviews of Salman Rushdie’s new novel, Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-eight Nights (which is The Arabian Nights’ 1001 stories put in the Gregorian calendar format) point towards the author going back to the magic realism he used in novels like Grimus and had mastered by Midnight’s Children. The book is full of gravity-defying goblins and djinns, princesses, rakshasas and tyrants. But it’s not exactly going to be like Haroun and the Sea of Stories or Luka and the Fire of Life, because at one point in the novel, it says these creatures “are not noted for their family lives. (But they do have sex. They have it all the time)”.



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