Writers on a New England Stage: Salman Rushdie

Oct 16, 2015

Salman Rushdie is a Booker-Award-winning novelist and the prolific author of a number of novels, non-fiction books, children’s books, story collections, and essays. He joined Virginia at the Music Hall in Portsmouth to talk about his latest novel, Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights.  It’s a fantasy, a fairy tale for grown-ups, and the book, as he told us at the Music Hall, “...may be his weirdest,” adding, “I’m no stranger to weird.”

The book tells the story of the War of the Worlds that lasts 1001 nights – an epic battle between humans and the djinn, of which the singular, jinni is where the word “genie” comes from. It’s a conflict between superstition and reason, the supernatural and science, and it plays out on a mass scale, like a summer blockbuster. Salman Rushdie stepped on stage on September 22nd to introduce us to these magical jinn beings.