Quichotte, the novel by Salman Rushdie, the author of Midnight’s Children and the winner of the 1981 Booker Prize has been shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize. The novel draws parallel between Cervant’s classic Don Quixote, which was a satirical exploration of politics and culture of the seventeeth century Spain. Rushdie places his novel in a country on the verge of moral and spiritual collapse. He portrays an equilateral view of India, the United States, and Britain where the author finds different issues resonating with each other.
The time when truth and fact are under scrutiny in the age social media, the filters restricted to the photos posted the unfiltered communication, the fake news rooting its way through the screens, Quichotte, reworks the formula presented in Don Quixote adapting it to the twenty-first century. The novel weaves in reality with dystopian elements, metaphysics, obsessional love and plurality. The novel shines its spotlight into the complexities of the current world through philosophy and more.