Salman Rushdie’s tragicomic tale is very much of our deranged time, but was inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ classic Don Quixote.

Quichotte is the story of an aging travelling salesman who falls in love with a TV star and sets off to drive across America on a quest to prove himself worthy of her hand. Throughout the course of this chaotic story, Rushdie tackles challenges old and new: father-son relationships, sibling quarrels, racism, the opioid crisis, cyber-spies - and the small matter of the end of the world.

The 2019 Booker Prize
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Jonathan Cape
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Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie

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Salman Rushdie has been nominated for the Booker Prize seven times, winning in 1981, and was knighted for services to literature in 2007.
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Salman Rushdie reads from Quichotte


Salman Rushdie reads from his ‘panoramic’ novel Quichotte, shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize.

The author also explains his inspiration for the main characters in the book.

Salman Rushdie

Other nominated books by Salman Rushdie

The Enchantress of Florence
Shalimar the Clown
The Moor's Last Sigh
The Satanic Verses
Midnight's Children
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