Salman Rushdie’s new novel ‘Victory City’ a beautiful, and gripping novel about power

Salman Rushdie, the best magical realism author of our time has a new novel slated for release in early 2023. 

Author of the booker prize-winning Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie, has just secured a deal that will see his new novel Victory City, released in Australia in early 2023, and concurrent release in the US (Random House), UK (Jonathan Cape), and Canada (Knopf Canada) on February 7, 2023.

The transcendent prose of Rushdie is highly anticipated by his fans, not that they have been lacking, Rushdie’s substack, has seen the author quite busy, with short stories hitting his subscriber’s inboxes for some time, delighting with discussions on stories he’s read, or true stories, tall stories, or just stories about himself.

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His new novel Victory City has been announced as a translation of an ancient Indian myth, and follows the story of “a woman who breathes a fantastical empire into existence, only to be consumed by it over the centuries.” 

After witnessing the death of her mother, the grief-stricken Pampa Kampana has a divine encounter that will change the course of history. Pampa becomes a channel for the goddess Parvati, who begins to speak through the young girl. Bestowing on her powers beyond the young girl’s wildest imagination.  

With Parvati’s, guidance, Pamapa vows to ensure that no more women suffer the same fate as her mother. Armed with this intent, Pampa’s magic creates a city; with whispered words, she inspires its people to grow and change. Writing poetry that maps the rise and fall of its empire. 

Half a millennium later, her writing is discovered, buried deep in the heart of a fallen palace. 

In what is being called an epic tale with a message for us all: our power is fleeting, but our stories last forever. Victory City sounds set to be a fantastic, and observant take the struggle for equality, and the power of positive writing. 

Michal Shavit, Publishing Director at Jonathan Cape has shared, “From one of our greatest storytellers, ‘Victory City’ is a tale for our times. 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. And at its heart, a true heroine, Pampa Kampana, who sets out to give women equal agency in a patriarchal world. This is a stunningly beautiful, lyrical, and gripping novel about power and the hubris of those in power,”