The focus of the novel is Nero Golden, a man of enormous wealth with a Russian wife who arrives in Greenwich Village with his three adult sons. The novel charts Nero's infidelities, family arguments and even his criminal activities, capturing the pressing debates of the present, from post-truth politics to gender identity.
His other novels include Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Shalimar the Clown, The Enchantress of Florence and Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, a reimagining of the Arabian Nights set in the future.
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. A longstanding champion of free speech, Rushdie is former president of PEN American Center.
Salman Rushdie is in conversation with Erica Wagner. Born in New York City, Wagner's most recent book is Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling, the Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge. She is the author of Gravity: Stories, Ariel's Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and the Story of Birthday Letters and Seizure; she is the editor of First Light: A Celebration of Alan Garner. Twice a judge of the Man Booker Prize, she was literary editor of The Times for 17 years and is now contributing literary editor for Harper’s Bazaar and a contributing writer for the New Statesman. She was the recipient of the Eccles British Library Writer’s Award in 2014, and she is a lecturer in creative writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. She lives in London.
For ages 16+.
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Sir Salman Rushdie will be signing copies of his books after the event.
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