Breathtaking in scope, Midnight's Children distils the turbulent history of independent India through the lives of one family. The novel has become a classic of the late 20th century, winning The Booker of Bookers and bringing fame to its author, Salman Rushdie. The measure of the work's impact is shown by the fact that Indira Gandhi took Rushdie to court over just one sentence unfavourable to her premiership.
Though often discussed, a film adaptation of Midnight's Children has never been produced - largely because of the novel's epic scale. However, this October sees the release of Deepa Mehta's film version. It took the Canadian filmmaker almost four years to make, with Salman Rushdie himself helping to write the screenplay. Mehta explains that the film 'is my love letter to India'. Ironically, given that Midnight's Children tells the story of Indian inter-faith violence, filming had to take place in Sri Lanka, because of fears that Hindu and Muslim fundamentalists would protest.
The Folio Society publishes a beautiful edition of Midnight's Children, which includes vibrant watercolour illustrations by Anna Bhushan and an introduction by Rushdie. Click here to read more.