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Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights: A Novel (edição: 2015)

de Salman Rushdie (Autor)

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Fantasy. Fiction. Literature. Mythology. HTML:NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post ? Los Angeles Times ? San Francisco Chronicle ? Harper??s Bazaar ? St. Louis Post-Dispatch ? The Guardian ? The Kansas City Star ? National Post ? BookPage ? Kirkus Reviews

From Salman Rushdie, one of the great writers of our time, comes a spellbinding work of fiction that blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story. A lush, richly layered novel in which our world has been plunged into an age of unreason, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights is a breathtaking achievement and an enduring testament to the power of storytelling.
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 a mysterious entity that resembles his own sub??Stan Lee creation. Abandoned at the mayor??s office, 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 imagining.
Unbeknownst to them, they are all descended from the whimsical, capricious, wanton creatures known as the jinn, who live in a world separated from ours by a veil. Centuries ago, Dunia, a princess of the jinn, fell in love with a mortal man of reason. 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 on a grand scale, Dunia??s children and others will play a role in an epic war between light and dark spanning a thousand and one nights??or two years, eight months, and twenty-eight nights. It is 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.
Inspired by the traditional ??wonder tales? of the East, Salman Rushdie??s novel is a masterpiece about the age-old conflicts that remain in today??s world. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights is satirical and bawdy, full of cunning and folly, rivalries and betrayals, kismet and karma, rapture and redemption.
Praise for Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
??Rushdie is our Scheherazade. . . . This book is a fantasy, a fairytale??and a brilliant reflection of and serious meditation on the choices and agonies of our life in this world.???Ursula K. Le Guin, The Guardian
??One of the major literary voices of our time . . . In reading this new book, one cannot escape the feeling that [Rushdie??s] years of writing and success have perhaps been preparation for this moment, for the creation of this tremendously inventive and timely novel.???San Francisco Chronicle
??A wicked bit of satire . . . [Rushdie] riffs and expands on the tales of Scheherazade, another storyteller whose spinning of yarns was a matter of life and death.???USA Today
??A swirling tale of genies and geniuses [that] translates the bloody upheavals of our last few decades into the comic-book antics of warring jinn wielding bolts of fire, mystical transmutations and rhyming battle spells.???The Washington Post
??Great fun . . . The novel shines brightest in the panache of
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Título:Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights: A Novel
Autores:Salman Rushdie (Autor)
Informação:Random House (2015), Edition: 1St Edition, 304 pages
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This book is a bit of a genre-bender, a modern take on fantasy that edges into science fiction despite being about Fairyland and jinnis that turn up in our world in a sort of proxy war during a power struggle that results in a regime change in Fairyland. Blended into this story are various theosophical concepts about the nature and existence of gods, the nature and existence of good and evil, and the role of mankind in the universe. But these philosophical threads are just tangents to the primary tale, which is fantasy, essentially, a story told by people far in our future, about a time still in our future but much closer to us. And, since Rushdie didn't state a particular date for these events, his book won't suffer the obsolescence that so many near-future stories do once the date they focus on is over and no jinnis, or bizarre supernatural activity, or great wars have turned up.
I've read a few Rushdie books so far, after avoiding his writing for years fearing it would be just about political current events in Israel or the Middle East. But, so far the books I've read have all just been rather creative fantasy or magical realism, with more characters from Southwest Asia and North Africa, but not particularly about any heavy sociopolitical situations in our real world. I definitely recommend his books, so far, for fantasy and sci-fi readers looking for new stories in these genres. ( )
  JBarringer | Dec 15, 2023 |
My friend recommended this book to me by saying it was too weird and fantasy-like for her. A blend of fantasy and literature, and based on the blurb perhaps some magical realism too? Sounded perfect to me!

It started out promising, with jinns and jinnias and clever wordplay - and then it stayed just that. Clever, and witty, with sentences that run for paragraphs, referencing older stories, and history, describing famous people without using their name, that kind of stuff. Usually I sort of like that, finding these little easter eggs makes me feel smart, but in this case it was just too much. It was almost desperately self-conscious, trying to be intelligent and interesting.

The story itself was.. ok. Not great, not terrible. It sort of drowned in all the wittiness, and in the second half it also started drowning in the rants against faith, and believers, and religion. It wasn't offensive, just.. well, boring, to be honest.

We get the point - fear is used to drive people to religion, religion is used to oppress the masses, but the manipulating masterminds don't realise that this strategy will eventually lead to those masses turning away from faith. Also, in the purely hypothetical case that there actually is a god, he/she/it would want us, their children, to grow up and become independent. Fine, get on with the story instead of making these points over and over again.

Wouldn't recommend, won't read again. ( )
  Yggie | Oct 12, 2023 |
The usual delightful richness from Rushdie. His books always make me think of the little threads that connect us to one another - reminding me of the size of the world.

It was both a terrifying and hopeful book to read in the age of Trump - though it was obviously written before this year it resonates well.

Except in this case we have 1,404 days to go. Three years, 10 months and three days by my reckoning. Watch for flying urns until then... ( )
  toddtyrtle | Dec 28, 2022 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this fantastical work. The flowing language and the amusing side stories kept me entertained throughout. I will have to read it again to actually get the philosophical thoughts behind the story, though. ( )
  aravind_aar | Nov 21, 2021 |
I am giving up on you as I can see that it will take me at least 1001 days to get it done. It has tired me. I get that this is magical realism, but it got boring. Life is too short.
  RosanaDR | Apr 15, 2021 |
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What's frustrating is to see glimpses of Rushdie's very real talent. Lines stand out, a wife who "slipped out of history" when her husband abandoned her, "he took it with him when he left," an "old town of salmon minarets and enigmatic walls," a "heart filled with something that might have been happiness, but poured out of his eyes as grief." But this is his second extremely bad book in a row — consult Zoë Heller's incineration of his memoir "Joseph Anton," for further detail — and it's beginning to seem as if that talent may be in permanent arrest.
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Fantasy. Fiction. Literature. Mythology. HTML:NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post ? Los Angeles Times ? San Francisco Chronicle ? Harper??s Bazaar ? St. Louis Post-Dispatch ? The Guardian ? The Kansas City Star ? National Post ? BookPage ? Kirkus Reviews

From Salman Rushdie, one of the great writers of our time, comes a spellbinding work of fiction that blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story. A lush, richly layered novel in which our world has been plunged into an age of unreason, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights is a breathtaking achievement and an enduring testament to the power of storytelling.
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 a mysterious entity that resembles his own sub??Stan Lee creation. Abandoned at the mayor??s office, 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 imagining.
Unbeknownst to them, they are all descended from the whimsical, capricious, wanton creatures known as the jinn, who live in a world separated from ours by a veil. Centuries ago, Dunia, a princess of the jinn, fell in love with a mortal man of reason. 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 on a grand scale, Dunia??s children and others will play a role in an epic war between light and dark spanning a thousand and one nights??or two years, eight months, and twenty-eight nights. It is 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.
Inspired by the traditional ??wonder tales? of the East, Salman Rushdie??s novel is a masterpiece about the age-old conflicts that remain in today??s world. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights is satirical and bawdy, full of cunning and folly, rivalries and betrayals, kismet and karma, rapture and redemption.
Praise for Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
??Rushdie is our Scheherazade. . . . This book is a fantasy, a fairytale??and a brilliant reflection of and serious meditation on the choices and agonies of our life in this world.???Ursula K. Le Guin, The Guardian
??One of the major literary voices of our time . . . In reading this new book, one cannot escape the feeling that [Rushdie??s] years of writing and success have perhaps been preparation for this moment, for the creation of this tremendously inventive and timely novel.???San Francisco Chronicle
??A wicked bit of satire . . . [Rushdie] riffs and expands on the tales of Scheherazade, another storyteller whose spinning of yarns was a matter of life and death.???USA Today
??A swirling tale of genies and geniuses [that] translates the bloody upheavals of our last few decades into the comic-book antics of warring jinn wielding bolts of fire, mystical transmutations and rhyming battle spells.???The Washington Post
??Great fun . . . The novel shines brightest in the panache of

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