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"Rushdie invents his own cultural narrative - one that blends elements of 'One Thousand and One Nights', Homeric epics and sci-fi and action-adventure comic books... referencing Henry James, Mel Brooks, Mickey Mouse, Gracian, Bravo TV and Aristotle..." - Publishers Weekly. Blending history, mythology and a timeless love story in the near future after a storm strikes New York City, the strangenesses begin. A down-to-earth gardener finds that his feet no longer touch the ground; a graphic novelist awakens in his bedroom to find a mysterious entity; abandoned, a baby identifies corruption with her mere presence, marking the guilty with blemishes and boils; a seductive gold digger is soon tapped to combat forces beyond imaginings. Unbeknownst to them all, they are descended from the whimsical, capricious, wanton creatures known as the Jinn who live in a world separated from our own by a veil. Centuries ago Dunia, a Jinn princess, fell in love with a mortal man of reason and together they produced an astonishing number of children, unaware of their fantastical powers, who spread across generations in the human world. Once the line between worlds is breached, there will be a time of enormous upheaval in which beliefs are challenged, words act like poison, silence is a disease, and a noise may contain a hidden curse. Satirical, bawdy, full of cunning and folly, rapture and redemption. 2015 US first edition, 292pp. Remainder mark.

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