Midnight’s Children (Salman Rushdie)

Midnight’s Children follows the lives of children born at the stroke of midnight on India’s independence day, each possessing unique powers. Their intertwined destinies mirror the nation’s tumultuous history, as they navigate love, loss, and political upheaval in a vividly magical and transformative narrative.

Author: Salman Rusdhie
Project: Identity postcolonial / hybrid cultural
Year of publication: 1995
Pages: 647




Plot Complexity: rich
Language Complexity: high
Ideas Complexity: rich

Midnight’s Children showcases a masterful blend of intricate language, thought-provoking ideas, and a complex plot. Salman Rushdie’s evocative prose, rich in literary techniques, immerses readers in a world of post-colonial India. The novel explores profound themes of identity, history, power, and cultural hybridity, challenging readers to reflect on the complexities of the human experience. With its nonlinear narrative and interwoven story lines, Midnight’s Children demands active engagement, offering a captivating reading experience that rewards those who delve into its multifaceted depths.



Born at the stroke of midnight at the exact moment of India’s independence, Saleem Sinai is a special child. However, this coincidence of birth has consequences he is not prepared for: telepathic powers connect him with 1,000 other ‘midnight’s children’ all of whom are endowed with unusual gifts. Inextricably linked to his nation, Saleem’s story is a whirlwind of disasters and triumphs that mirrors the course of modern India at its most impossible and glorious

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