Selection as wide as the Mississippi.
From the Publisher
Introduction by Anita Desai
Saleem Sinai was born at midnight, the midnight of India''s
independence, and finds himself mysteriously ''handcuffed to
history'' by the coincidence. He is one of 1,001 children born at
the midnight hour, each of them endowed with an extraordinary
talent -- and whose privilege and curse it is to be both master and
victims of their times. Through Saleem''s gifts -- inner voices and
a wildly sensitive sense of smell -- we are drawn into a
fascinating family saga set against the vast, colourful background
of the India of this century.