Publication Date: January 30, 2024
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
The epic tale of a woman who breathes a fantastical empire into existence, only to be consumed by it over the centuries—from the transcendent imagination of Booker Prize–winning, internationally bestselling author Salman Rushdie
“A major accomplishment by one of our greatest living writers.”—Michael Cunningham
ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2023: Time, The Washington Post, The Guardian, USA Today, The Tampa Bay Times, The Week, CNBC, Business Insider, Kirkus Reviews
In the wake of an unimportant battle between two long-forgotten kingdoms in fourteenth-century India, a nine-year-old girl has a divine encounter that will change the course of history. Pampa Kampana is granted powers behind her comprehension by a goddess who tells her she will be instrumental in the rise of a great city called Bisnaga—"victory city"—the wonder of the world.
Over the next two hundred and fifty years, Pampa Kampana’s life becomes deeply interwoven with Bisnaga’s, from its literal sowing out of a bag of magic seeds to its tragic ruination in the most human of ways: the hubris of those in power. Whispering Bisnaga and its citizens into existence, Pampa Kampana attempts to make good on the task that the goddess set for her: to give women equal agency in a patriarchal world. But all stories have a way of getting away from their creator, and Bisnaga is no exception...
Brilliantly styled as a translation of an ancient epic, this is a saga of love, adventure, and myth that is in itself a testament to the power of storytelling.
Story Locale:Bisnaga, a fictional city in Southern India
Publication History:RH HC (2/23)
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