by Salman Rushdie
✅ Editor: Vintage Publishing
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A rumbustious picaresque, which analyzes modern America ruthless with taste, Carlo tells the surreal, satirical story of a tv obsessed travelling salesman and his imaginary son. Framed as a riotous journey through the United States, Rushdie’s latest masterpiece is a hilarious, touching and terribly clever pastiche of Cervantes ‘ classic Don Quixote. Selected for the man Booker Prize, 2019 Quichotte is a story of love and deep tenderness and humanity on the part of a great story-teller in his best form. Wise, well-written, as heartbreaking as it is wildly comic, its unforgettable characters, its storyline is incredibly compelling, Carlo lights our corrupt times, where the reality is often indistinguishable from fiction. Quichotte, the ageing travelling salesman who is obsessed with TV, is looking for a love. Unfortunately, his daily diet of reality TV, sitcoms, movies, soaps, comedies and dramas has distorted his ability to separate fantasy from reality. Want an imaginary son, Sancho, in the existence, while obsessively writing love letters to a celebrity knows only through his screen. Together, the two innocents set off across America in Quichotte is trusty Chevy Cruze to find her and convince her of his love. Quichotte the story is told by his Brother, a mediocre spy novelist in the midst of a midlife crisis. As the stories of the Brother and Carlo are intertwined, you are caught in a wild, picaresque journey through a country on the brink of moral and spiritual collapse.
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