Midnight's Children

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A world premiere dramatisation of Salman Rushdie's prize-winning classic story of the magic, myth-making and mischief of modern India. MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN is a kaleidoscopic tale, told through the eyes of Saleem Sinai, born at the stroke of midnight, August 14-15, 1947: at the exact moment of India's Independence from Britain. Inventive, contemporary, sweeping and engrossing - a cinematic history, a family saga and a political epic - MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN is a dramatic masterpiece of modern story-telling. Rushdie and director Tim Supple previously collaborated on the National Theatre adaptation of Rushdie's HAROUN AND THE SEA OF STORIES. This is the first time MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN has been staged - specially commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company for its 2003 production.

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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.

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Saleem Sinai was born at midnight, the midnight of India's independence, and found 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 ear and wildly sensitive sense of smell - we are drawn into a fascinating family saga set against the vast, colourful background of the India of the 20th century.

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