An Evening with Salman Rushdie

Join us on Thursday 29th August for an exploration of the life and work of one of the most celebrated writers of our times, Salman Rushdie.

The Light, London

Thursday 29th August, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

  • Book Launch
  • In Conversation
  • Questions & Answers
  • Reading


About the Event

Salman Rushdie is one of the world’s greatest storytellers. His acclaimed book Midnight's Children has been voted the Booker Prize’s ‘Best of the Booker’ twice, and has sold over one million copies in the UK alone. He influenced an entire generation of Anglo-Indian writers and sparked a revolution in postcolonial literature with his distinctive magical realist style and depictions of the South Asian diaspora.

Now, he comes to the Intelligence Squared stage, in partnership with Vintage Live, to discuss his career, his life and his new novel Quichotte with the BBC’s Razia Iqbal. Inspired by Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, the book is a wild ride through modern America — a society on the verge of moral and spiritual collapse — and examines racism, father–son relationships, the opioid crisis, cyber-spies, and the end of the world. 

Venue Information

The Light
Friends House
United Kingdom

About the Book


Salman Rushdie

Publisher:Vintage Publishing

Publication date:29 Aug 2019


3.56 out of 5
15 reviews
"this magical satire is preaching to the converted"
The Daily Telegraph
"Quichotte overwhelms you from the first page with a lightning storm of ideas and a monsoon of exuberant prose"
Literary Review
"The Satanic Verses author is back on fine form"
The Sunday Times
"This Booker-longlisted riff on Don Quixote is a welcome return to form"
The Times
"a familiar mish-mish of postmodernist self-reflexive preening and strenuously outlandish literary invention."
Evening Standard
"Its simplest elements achieve its most moving effects"
Financial Times
"While Quichotte is funny, it’s rarely as funny as Rushdie thinks it is"
The Observer
"That famous style has congealed in recent years; the flamboyance that once felt so free now seems strenuous and grating"
The New York Times
"Rushdie’s fans will find much to love in this hyperactive, technicolour satire"
Daily Mail
"self-conscious, meta and sometimes lazy"
The Guardian

In a tour-de-force that is both an homage to an immortal work of literature and a modern masterpiece about the quest for love and family, Booker Prize-winning, internationally bestselling author Salman Rushdie has created a dazzling Don Quixote for the modern age.