by Salman Rushdie
Originally published 1981, I read 2013
647 pages, fantasy, history
A boy and his destiny
Saleem Sinai was born at the exact moment when India gained independence on August 15, 1947. This coincidence, he believes, binds his life and fate with that of the nation. It also gave him, and all of the other children born in that first hour of independence, special powers. Will these special children become the saviors of the new nation? Or will the nation turn against them?