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The Golden House

The Golden House

by Salman Rushdie

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 05/09/2017

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One of the truly great writers of the century at top of his game in this uncannily timely knockout of a novel.

When powerful real-estate tycoon Nero Golden immigrates to the States under mysterious circumstances, he and his three adult children assume new identities and reinvent themselves as Roman emperors living in a lavish house in downtown Manhattan. Arriving shortly after the inauguration of Barack Obama, he and his sons, each extraordinary in his own right, quickly establish themselves at the apex of New York society.

The story of the powerful Golden family is told from the point of view of their Manhattanite neighbour and confidant, René, an aspiring filmmaker who finds in the Goldens the perfect subject. René chronicles the undoing of the house of Golden: the high life of money, of art and fashion, a sibling quarrel, an unexpected metamorphosis, the arrival of a beautiful woman, betrayal and murder, and far away, in their abandoned homeland, some decent intelligence work.

Invoking literature, pop culture, and the cinema, Rushdie spins the story of the American zeitgeist over the last eight years, hitting every beat: the rise of the birther movement, the Tea Party, gamergate and identity politics; the backlash against political correctness; the ascendency of the superhero movie, and, of course, the insurgence of a ruthlessly ambitious, narcissistic, media-savvy villain wearing make-up and with coloured hair.

In The Golden House, as entertaining as it is poignant, Rushdie has written a revelatory panorama of our time.

ISBN:
9781787330160
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
05-09-2017
Language:
English
Publisher:
Random House
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
400
Dimensions (mm):
235x154x28mm
Weight:
0.5kg
Salman Rushdie

Sir Salman Rushdie has received many awards for his writing, including the European Union’s Aristeion Prize for Literature.

He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres.

In 1993 Midnight’s Children was judged to be the ‘Booker of Bookers’, the best novel to have won the Booker Prize in its first 25 years.

In June 2007 he received a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

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