The Bottom Line
Published in 1981, Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children is studied in literature classrooms (college). Rushdie creates an allegorical novel out of the events in Indian history, starting on August 15, 1947. The story centers around the protagonist, Saleem Sinai, who was born at the moment of India's independence.
- Great classic in world literature
- One of Salman Rushdie's most important works
- Chronicled the transition from colonialism in India to independence
- Title: Midnight's Children
- Author: Salman Rushdie
- Type of Work & Genre: Novel; Magical Realism; Bildungsroman; Satire; Farce
- Time & Place (Setting): England, late 1970s and early 1980s
- Publisher: Penguin
- Pub. Date: 1981
- Narrator/Protagonist: Saleem Sinai
- Point of view: First person
Guide Review - 'Midnight's Children' Summary
Midnight's Children is one of the novels for which Salman Rushdie is best remembered. With this and other works, Rushdie has forged his place in world literature. It's a work of post-colonial literature and magic realism, chronicling the transition from colonialism to independence.