New Rushdie novel coming this autumn

New Rushdie novel coming this autumn

A new novel by Salman Rushdie being published this autumn will blend “history, mythology, and a timeless love story to bring alive a world - our world – that has been plunged into an age of unreason”.

Jonathan Cape will publish Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights in September, seven years after his previous adult novel The Enchantress of Florence (2008).

The novel is a “wonder tale about the way we live now, a rich and multifaceted work” which is inspired by “2,000 years of storytelling tradition yet rooted in the concerns of our present moment”. No further details are as yet being revealed.

Vintage imprint Jonathan Cape said it was a “breathtaking achievement and an enduring testament to the power of the imagination”.

Publishing director Dan Franklin acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Andrew Wylie at The Wylie Agency.

Franklin said: “Salman’s new novel is one of his very best. It is fast-paced, funny, and an absolutely thrilling read, and so, so pertinent to the world in which we live.”

Rushdie has written 11 novels previously, including the 1981 Booker Prize winner Midnight’s Children, a book of stories, three works of non-fiction, and a memoir, Joseph Anton (Jonathan Cape), which was published in 2012. Previously he wrote a sequel to his children's book Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Luka and the Fire of Light (2010).