. In 2008 the prize for the Best of the Bookers
was awarded, the best winner of a Man Booker Prize in the prior forty years,
the winner was Midnight’s Children. Rushdie
is probably best known for writing Satanic Verses and the subsequent
fatwa calling for his murder and putting a bounty on his head. Bookstores (Cody’s on Telegraph Avenue and
several in the UK) were actually bombed just for carrying the book! People died and were injured for Satanic
Verses! Its Japanese translator
was killed, Turkish translator attacked, Italian translator stabbed, and
Norwegian publisher shot. The publicity around Satanic Verses overshadows
the awarding winning Midnight’s Children but both are marvelous
examples of the well written word. Midnight’s
Children is the story of partition, full of historic resonance. Saleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight
August 15, 1947, his twin the new nation of independent India. But Saleem has
another twin of sorts; he was switched at birth with Shiva, enjoying the fruits
of a wealthy family while Shiva, the rightful heir, is given to a street musician.
1001 children are born within an hour of
the birth of India. They are bound together in fantastical ways. Saleem has great powers of telepathy, but it
does not bring joy. He also has a prodigiously
large snout, resulting in several less than flattering names. While the story takes the reader to dark
places, the violence, corruption, and despair attendant on partition, it is
also written with wit and verve, Rushdie
can be playful, melodic and devastating, he brings all his creative power to Midnight’s
'Radio drama of the year' - Gillian Reynolds, The Telegraph
Nikesh Patel stars as Saleem in BBC Radio 4’s epic dramatisation of Salman Rushdie's Booker Prize-winning novel of love, history and magic
Saleem Sinai is born on the stroke of midnight on 14th-15th August 1947, at the exact moment that India and Pakistan become separate, independent nations. From that moment on, his fate is mysteriously handcuffed to the history of his country.
But Saleem’s story starts almost thirty years earlier, when his grandfather, Dr Aadam Aziz, falls in love with a woman concealed behind a perforated sheet. That pivotal moment in Kashmir in 1919 sparks a series of bizarre events that will lead to a cryptic prophecy and the birth of a boy with an extraordinary destiny.
As a ‘Midnight’s Child’, Saleem has magical powers, and can telepathically tune in to all the other gifted children whose birth coincided with India’s division. However, his strange entanglement with the fate of India will have dramatic repercussions for both him and his country…
Adapted by Ayeesha Menon, this dazzling dramatisation of Rushdie’s many-layered, magical realist masterpiece is both an enthralling family saga and a riveting history of post-colonialism. First broadcast to mark the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India, it features Nikesh Patel as Saleem, with a star cast including Abhin Galeya, Meera Syal, Anneika Rose and Narinder Samra.
Also included is an interview with Salman Rushdie, in which the author talks to radio drama director Emma Harding about his multi-award winning novel.
Midnight's Children won the Booker Prize in 1981, and was subsequently awarded the 'Booker of Bookers' prize in 1993 and 'The Best of the Booker' prize in 2008.
Duration: 4 hours 50 mins hours approx
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WINNER OF THE BOOKER OF BOOKERS
“Extraordinary...one of the most important novels to come out of the English-speaking world in this generation.” The New York Review of Books
“In Salman Rushdie, India has produced a glittering novelist–-one with startling imaginative and intellectual resources, a master of perpetual storytelling.” The New Yorker