Salman Rushdie’s 14th novel ‘Quichotte’ listed in Booker Prize Longlist

Author Salman Rushdie does a reading as part of Wesley Stace's Cabinet of Wonders at City Winery on April 15, 2016 in New York City. (Al Pereira)

Salman Rushdie’s yet-to-be-published novel “Quichotte” has made it to the longlist of this year’s Booker Prize. Rushdie has earlier won the Booker in 1981 for “Midnight’s Children.”

Joining the British-Indian author is Canadian writer Margaret Atwood, who is nominated for “The Testaments,” a sequel to her acclaimed book “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Atwood earlier won the coveted prize in 2000 for “Blind Assassins.”

This year’s list was chosen from 151 novels published in the UK or Ireland between Oct. 1, 2018 and Sept.30, 2019. Others who made it to the longlist are Deborah Levy (“The Man Who Saw Everything”), Chigozie Obioma (“An Orchestra of Minorities”), Elif Shafak (“10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World”), Jeanette Winterson (“Frankissstein), John Lanchester (“The Wall”), Bernardine Evaristo (“Girl, Woman, Other”) and Kevin Barry (“Night Boat to Tangier”). The shortlist of six books will be announced on Sept. 3, and the winner will be declared on Oct. 14.

Rushdie is the author of 13 novels: “Grimus,” “Midnight’s Children,” “Shame,” “The Satanic Verses,” “Haroun and the Sea of Stories,” “The Moor’s Last Sigh,” “The Ground Beneath Her Feet,” “Fury,” “Shalimar the Clown,” “The Enchantress of Florence,” “Luka and the Fire of Life,” “Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights,” and “The Golden House.” He is also the author of a book of stories, “East, West,” and four works of non-fiction — “Joseph Anton — A Memoir,” “Imaginary Homelands,” “The Jaguar Smile,” and “Step Across This Line.” He is the co-editor of “Mirrorwork,” an anthology of contemporary Indian writing, and of the “2008 Best American Short Stories” anthology. His books have been translated into over forty languages.

Rushdie has adapted “Midnight’s Children” for the stage. It was performed in London and New York by the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2004, an opera based upon “Haroun and the Sea of Stories” was premiered by the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center. A film of “Midnight’s Children,” directed by Deepa Mehta, was released in 2012.

“The Ground Beneath Her Feet,” in which the Orpheus myth winds through a story set in the world of rock music, was turned into a song by U2 with lyrics by Salman Rushdie.

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