ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Sam DuChamp a writer of spy novels decides to change genres with his new book and do a modern retelling of Cervantes Don Quixote, only this time it’s not windmills our hero will be rallying against but modern America and an obsessive quest to win the heart of TV star Salma R. A story within a story with DuChamps’s own life often intertwining and overlapping with that of Quichotte’s. There’s a lot to uncover here as Rushdie dazzles with his wordplay and biting satire. Humorous and intelligent this is quintessential Salman. Greg Waldron
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2019
In a tour-de-force that is both an homage to an immortal work of literature and a modern masterpiece about the quest for love and family, Booker Prize-winning, internationally bestselling author Salman Rushdie has created a dazzling Don Quixote for the modern age.
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 satirise 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 his work, the fully realised 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.
Sir Salman Rushdie has received many awards for his writing, including the European Union's Aristeion Prize for Literature. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 1993 Midnight's Children was judged to be the 'Booker of Bookers', the best novel to have won the Booker Prize in its first 25 years. In June 2007 he received a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
[Quichotte is a] delightful confection... Humane and humorous. Rushdie is in top form, serving up a fine piece of literary satire. * Kirkus Reviews (starred review) * Rushdie's rambunctious latest... [is an] uproarious comedy... a brilliant rendition of the cheesy, sleazy, scary pandemonium of life in modern times. * Publishers Weekly (starred review) *