Penguin Books India has acquired a new novel by Salman Rushdie. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights is a wonder tale about the way we live now, a rich and multifaceted work that blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story to bring alive a world – our world – that has been plunged into an age of unreason. Inspired by 2,000 years of storytelling tradition yet rooted in the concerns of our present moment, it is a breathtaking achievement and an enduring testament to the power of the imagination.
Salman Rushdie is the author of eleven previous novels, including Midnight’s Children (awarded the Booker Prize in 1981, and the Best of the Booker Prize in 2008), Shame, The Satanic Verses, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown and The Enchantress of Florence, as well as a book of stories, East, West, and three works of non-fiction. His memoir, Joseph Anton, was published in 2012 and became an internationally acclaimed bestseller. It was called “a harrowing, deeply felt and revealing document” by Michiko Kakutani in the New York Times and praised as “funny, moving and absolutely necessary to read” by Nicholas Shakespeare in the Daily Telegraph . His books have been translated into over forty languages.
Penguin Books India will publish Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights on their Hamish Hamilton imprint in September 2015.
Chiki Sarkar, Publisher at Penguin Books India, who acquired the novel from Andrew Wylie at The Wylie Agency, said: ‘A new novel by Salman Rushdie is always a major event – and this dazzling new work is one of his best yet. We are thrilled to be publishing it in India.’