The Creator Who Was Almost Destroyed

Victory City was almost a posthumous novel. In August 2022, after more than 30 years of living under the threat of assassination, the novelist Salman Rushdie was viciously stabbed by an attacker at a public speaking event. Rushdie lost an eye and suffered from other injuries, but he survived to see his new novel get rave reviews.

A Very Long Life

When you live for several centuries, you see some stuff. Just ask Pampa Kampana, the novel’s protagonist, a young girl who becomes a vessel for a goddess after the gruesome death of her mother. Spanning some 250 years, Victory City is her story—and it’s literally epic. Get the details in our latest Instaread.

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