A dazzling Don Quixote for the modern age-an epic tour de force that is as much an homage to an immortal work of literature as it is to the quest for love and family, by Booker Prize-winning, internationally bestselling author Salman Rushdie
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE
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 braving the 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 reader 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
"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
"Brilliant . . . a perfect fit for a moment of transcontinental derangement."-Financial Times
"Quichotte is 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, it's anecdotal, effervescent, charming, and a jolly good story to boot."-The Sunday Times
"Quichotte [is] an updating of Cervantes's story that proves to be an equally complicated literary encounter, jumbling together a chivalric quest, a satire on Trump's America and a whole lot of postmodern playfulness in a novel that is as 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)
Salman Rushdie, geboren 1947 in Bombay, studierte in Cambridge Geschichte. Mit seinem Roman 'Mitternachtskinder' wurde er weltberühmt. Seine Bücher erhielten renommierte internationale Auszeichnungen, u.a. den Booker Prize, und sind in zahlreiche Sprachen übersetzt. 1996 wurde ihm der Aristeion-Literaturpreis der EU für sein Gesamtwerk zuerkannt. 2008 schlug ihn die Queen zum Ritter. Salman Rushdie erhielt 2014 den Hans Christian Andersen Award und den PEN/Pinter Prize.