Rushdie, Salman- c. Beowulf Sheehan – NEW

Salman Rushdie

Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

Autumn Series/
Sun 11 October 2015

Salman Rushdie

Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

Rushdie, Salman- c. Beowulf Sheehan – NEW
Sun 11 October 2015,

Bristol Festival of Ideas is delighted to welcome Salman Rushdie, one of the greatest writers of our age,  to the city for an event on his wildly imaginative new novel – a masterful, mesmerising modern tale about worlds dangerously colliding, and the monsters that are unleashed when reason recedes; a beautiful testament to the power of love and humanity in chaotic times.

In the near future, after a storm strikes New York City, the strangenesses begin. A gardener finds that his feet no longer touch the ground. A graphic novelist awakens to a mysterious entity that resembles his own creation. A baby identifies corruption marking the guilty with blemishes and boils.

Unbeknownst to them, they are all descended from the creatures known as the jinn, who live in a world separated from ours by a veil. Centuries ago, Dunia, a princess of the jinn, fell in love with a mortal man. Together they produced an astonishing number of children, unaware of their fantastical powers, who spread across generations in the human world.

Once the veil between worlds is breached, Dunia’s children play a role in an epic war between light and dark spanning a thousand and one nights — or two years, eight months, and twenty-eight nights. It is a time of upheaval, where beliefs are challenged, words act like poison, silence is a disease, and a noise may contain a curse.

Inspired by 2,000 years of storytelling yet rooted in the concerns of our present moment, Two Years, Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights is satirical and bawdy, full of cunning and folly, rivalries and betrayals, kismet and karma, rapture and redemption – and both very funny and terrifying.

Image credit Beowulf Sheehan

 

For the safety and reassurance of all our audience members and staff, a number of additional security measures may be in place for this event. Please arrive in plenty of time to collect tickets and take your seat. Latecomers will not be admitted. Ticket sales will close at the end of Friday 9 October and there will be no tickets available to buy on the door. We would kindly request that audience members keep personal belongings with them at all times and, where possible, avoid bringing large bags and metallic items to the event. Audience members should be aware that bags or other items may be searched at the discretion of St George’s management.

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