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Salman Rushdie: From Midnight's Children to Trump's America

The celebrated author of compulsive, daring and enduring fiction, Sir Salman Rushdie, on his life in writing and his latest novel, The Golden House.

In his first appearance at Southbank Centre in over a decade, Rushdie reflects on the full range of his writing, his remarkable life, the currents and characters in American politics that inspired his latest novel and the value of dark comedy in tumultuous times.

Rushdie established his reputation with award-winning novels Midnight's ChildrenThe Satanic Verses and Shame. Combining biting satire with bold inventiveness, Rushdie has chronicled the postcolonial world in fiction.

The Golden House, his 13th novel, is a satirical and incisive anatomy of contemporary American politics. A prescient reimagining of Trump's America, the novel is bookended by the election of Barack Obama and the eve of an election eight years on in which the front-runner is known as 'The Joker'.