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Victory City

Salman Rushdie

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The epic tale of a woman who breathes a fantastical empire into existence, only to be consumed by it over the centuries. From the transcendent imagination of Booker Prize-winning author Salman Rushdie.

She will breathe a new empire into life - but all worlds can escape their creator...

In the wake of an unimportant battle between two long-forgotten kingdoms, a nine-year-old girl has a divine encounter that will change the course of history. Pampa Kampana becomes a vessel for a goddess, who tells her she will be instrumental in the rise of a great city called Bisnaga - 'Victory City'.

Over the next 250 years, Pampa Kampana's life becomes deeply interwoven with Bisnaga's as she attempts to make good on the task that the goddess set for her - to give women equal agency in a patriarchal world. But all stories have a way of getting away from their creator... and Bisnaga is no exception.

'Full of adventure... A celebration of the power of storytelling' GUARDIAN

'Mesmerising' ELIF SHAFAK, author of The Island of Missing Trees

'A total pleasure to read' SUNDAY TIMES

'One of the planet's greatest writers' EVENING STANDARD

Imprint:   Vintage
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 194mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   260g
ISBN:   9781529920864
ISBN 10:   1529920868
Pages:   384
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Salman Rushdie is the author of fourteen previous novels, including Midnight's Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), The Satanic Verses, and Quichotte (which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize). A former president of PEN American Center, Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for services to literature and was made a Companion of Honour in the Queen's last Birthday Honours list in 2022.

Reviews for Victory City

Victory City is one of the richest and most exuberant books Salman Rushdie has written in years... remarkable * Scotsman, *Summer Reads of 2023* * An impassioned plea for pluralism and a testament to the endurance of words * Financial Times, *Summer Reads of 2023* * A joyfully extravagant alternative Mahabharata... a mashup of myth and fairytale, comedy and melodrama, celebrating women's agency and the enduring power of storytelling * Guardian, *Summer Reads of 2023* *

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