The epic new novel from the Booker of Bookers winner Salman Rushdie – a playful inversion of the Don Quixote story set in contemporary America.
Quichotte, an ageing travelling salesman obsessed with TV, is on a quest for love. Unfortunately, his daily diet of reality TV, sitcoms, films, soaps, comedies and dramas has distorted his ability to separate fantasy from reality. He wishes an imaginary son into existence, while obsessively writing love letters to a celebrity he knows only through his screen. Quichotte’s story is narrated by Brother, a mediocre spy novelist in the midst of a midlife crisis, triggered in part by a fall-out with his Sister. As the stories of Brother and Quichotte ingeniously intertwine, Salman Rushdie takes us on a wild, picaresque journey through a world on the edge of moral and spiritual collapse.
Quichotte is one of the world's great storytellers at his exuberant best, in a book that highlights the instability of the world we live in and speaks to an era when fact is often indiscernible from fiction.
"Rushdie is one of the greats of his generation... But it's rare for a writer to produce their best work towards the end of their career... Quichotte is one of the cleverest, most enjoyable metafictional capers this side of postmodernism... This novel can fly, it can float, it's anecdotal, effervescent, charming, and a jolly good story to boot... Encore! Encore!" * Sunday Times *
"A brilliant, funny, world-encompassing wonder... His readers realize that they would happily follow Rushdie to the end of the world... a glimmer of hope, like an impossible dream, is left for us [in Quichotte]." * Time Magazine *
"A triumphant assault on the coarsened American sensibility... [A] packed, funny, melancholy, masterpiece of a novel." * The Times *
"A novel that is as sharp as a flick-knife and as clever as a barrel of monkeys... More than just another postmodern box of tricks, [Quichotte] is a novel that feeds the heart while it fills the mind." * The Times *
"Rushdie's fans will find much to love in this hyperactive, tenchicolour satire... Many balls are juggles here, but, somehow, Rushdie keeps them all gloriously in the air." * Daily Mail *