Born at the stroke of midnight on August 15 1947, at the precise moment of India’s independence, the infant Saleem Sinai is celebrated in the press and welcomed by Prime Minister Nehru himself. But this coincidence of birth has consequences Saleem is not prepared for: telepathic powers that connect him with 1,000 other ‘midnight?s all born in the initial hour of India’s independence — and an uncanny sense of smell that allows him to sniff out dangers others cannot perceive.
Inextricably to his nation, Saleem’s biography is a whirlwind of disasters’ and triumphs that mirrors The course of modern India at its most impossible and glorious..
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‘The literary map of India has to be redrawn… Midnight’s Children sounds like a continent finding its voice’. New York Times