Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

A novel

Publisher: Vintage Canada
From one of the greatest writers of our time: the most spellbinding, entertaining, wildly imaginative novel of his great career, which blends history and myth with tremendous philosophical depth. A masterful, mesmerizing modern tale about worlds dangerously colliding, the monsters that are unleashed when reason recedes, and a beautiful testament to the power of love and humanity in chaotic times.


Inspired by 2,000 years of storytelling, yet rooted in the concerns of our present moment, this is a spectacular achievement--enchanting, both very funny and terrifying. It is narrated by our descendants 1000 years hence, looking back on "The War of the Worlds" that began with "the time of the strangenesses": a simple gardener begins to levitate; a baby is born with the unnerving ability to detect corruption in people; the ghosts of two long-dead philosophers begin arguing once more; and storms pummel New York so hard that a crack appears in the universe, letting in the destructive djinns of myth (as well as some graphic superheroes). Nothing less than the survival of our world is at stake. Only one, a djinn princess who, centuries before, had learned to love humankind, resolves to help us: in the face of dynastic intrigue, she raises an army composed of her semi-magical great-great-great grandchildren--a motley crew of endearing characters who come together to save the world in a battle waged for 1,001 nights--or, to be precise, two years, eight months, and twenty-eight nights.

PRAISE FOR

Advance praise for Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights:
"One of his very best books, one whose governing metaphor can be about many terrible truths indeed. . . . Rushdie turns in a sometimes archly elegant, sometimes slightly goofy fairy tale--with a character named Bento V. Elfenbein, how could it be entirely serious?--for grown-ups. . . . Beguiling and astonishing, wonderful and wondrous. Rushdie at his best." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"His magical realism celebrates the power of metaphor, while both historic accounts and fables are imbued with familiar themes of migration and separation, reason and faith, repression and freedom. . . . Rushdie provides readers with an intellectual treasure chest cleverly disguised as a comic pop-culture apocalyptic caprice." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Praise for Salman Rushdie:
"Our most original imagination writing today." Nadine Gordimer