The celebrated writer of daring, compelling and inventive fiction Salman Rushdie makes his first appearance at Cambridge Literary Festival to discuss his life in writing and his latest novel, Quichotte.
Man Booker prize-winner and internationally best-selling author Salman Rushdie is best known for Midnights Children and The Satanic Verses with which he sealed his reputation as a fearless and irreverent writer of post-colonial fiction. His latest Quichotte is inspired by the classic Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, and tells the story of an ageing travelling salesman who falls in love with a TV star and sets off to drive across America on a quest to prove himself worthy of her hand. Quichotte’s tragicomic tale is one of a deranged time, and deals, along the way with father-son relationships, sibling quarrels, racism, the opioid crisis, and the end of the world.
In conversation with award-winning author, Elif Shafak.
Salman Rushdie is the author of fourteen novels including Midnight’s Children, for which he won the Man Booker Prize and Booker of Bookers Prize, and one collection of short stories. He has also published four works of non-fiction, including the internationally acclaimed bestseller, Joseph Anton, and has co-edited two anthologies. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. A former president of PEN American Center, Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for services to literature. His books have been translated into over forty languages.
Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist and the most widely read female author in Turkey. She writes in both Turkish and English, and has published seventeen books. Her work has been translated into fifty languages. Shafak holds a PhD in political science and she has taught at various universities in Turkey, the US and the UK, including St Anne’s College, Oxford University, where she is an honorary fellow. An advocate for women’s rights, LGBT rights and freedom of speech, Shafak is an inspiring public speaker and twice a TED global speaker. In 2017 she was chosen by Politico as one of the twelve people who would make the world better.