|Pages/Publication Date:||416 / 2019|
Inspired by Cervantes's classic Don Quixote, Sam DuChamp, mediocre writer of spy thrillers, creates Quichotte, a courtly, addled salesman obsessed with television who falls hopelessly in love with a TV star. Together with his (imaginary) son Sancho, Quichotte sets off on a picaresque quest across America to prove worthy of her hand, gallantly braving the tragicomic perils of an age where "Anything-Can-Happen." Meanwhile, his creator, in a midlife crisis, has equally urgent challenges of his own. Salman Rushdie's madcap novel—a finalist for the 2019 Booker Prize—was praised by London's Sunday Times as "one of the cleverest, most enjoyable metafictional capers this side of postmodernism."