Salman Rushdie to return in August 2019 with Quichotte

Inspired by the classic Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, Quichotte is the story of an ageing travelling salesman who falls in love with a TV star and sets off to drive across America on a quest to prove himself worthy of her hand. 

Salman Rushdie

Jonathan Cape, an imprint at VINTAGE, are thrilled to announce the upcoming publication of Man Booker prize-winning, internationally bestselling author Salman Rushdie’s new novel, Quichotte. The book will be published in the UK on 29 August 2019.

Quichotte’s tragicomic tale is one of a deranged time, and deals, along the way, with father–son relationships, sibling quarrels, racism, the opioid crisis, cyber-spies, and the end of the world.  

Speaking to, Salman commented on the uniqueness of his own experience when writing the book: 'Writing Quichotte, I felt that it wasn’t like anything I’d written before, which made it an exciting and somewhat scary experience.'

'I thought a lot about Joyce’s great Ulysses as well as Cervantes, and a couple of classic science fiction short stories were inspirations too. And a number of road novels as well. I also wanted to write about love: damaged love, obsessional love. I hope the result pleases.'

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Sir Salman Rushdie is the author of thirteen novels including Midnight’s Children, for which he won the Man Booker Prize and Booker of Bookers Prize, and one collection of short stories. He has also published four works of non-fiction, including the internationally acclaimed bestseller, Joseph Anton, and co-edited two anthologies. Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for services to literature. His books have been translated into over forty languages.

Bea Hemming, Acting Publishing Director at Jonathan Cape, commented: ‘We are thrilled to be publishing a new novel from one of the world’s great storytellers. Quichotte sees Salman Rushdie at the height of his powers. Intricately plotted, wildly original, tender, comic and deeply moving, Quichotte is both an ingenious homage to Cervantes and a book that speaks urgently to our unstable times.’

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