The Golden House (Random House)
Can politics be stranger than fiction? New York Times bestselling author Salman Rushdie will sit down with the Los Angeles Times’ Patt Morrison to discuss his celebrated work, and the parallels between the current American political scene and his new novel, The Golden House at the Theatre at ACE Hotel.
$100: for VIP seat, including a copy of The Golden House, and personalized book signing and reception
$42: for designated Orchestra seats, including a pre-signed copy of The Golden House
$25: for designated Orchestra seats, does not include a copy of The Golden House
PLEASE NOTE: This event will be held at the Theatre at ACE Hotel located at 933 S Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90015. Tickets available here.
A modern American epic set against the panorama of contemporary politics and culture--a hurtling, page-turning mystery that is equal parts The Great Gatsby and The Bonfire of the Vanities.
On the day of Barack Obama’s inauguration, an enigmatic, powerful billionaire from foreign shores takes up residence in “the Gardens,” a sheltered, gated community in New York’s Greenwich Village. The neighborhood is a bubble within a bubble, and the residents are immediately intrigued by the eccentric Golden family. One of these said neighbors and our guide is René, an ambitious young filmmaker, who befriends the mysterious family in an artistic opportunity to make them the subject of what he hopes will be his career-making film.
Nero Golden lives with his three adult sons: agoraphobic, alcoholic Petya, a brilliant recluse with a tortured mind; Apu, the flamboyant artist, sexually and spiritually omnivorous; D, the youngest son, who harbors an explosive secret even from himself; and a Russian beauty named Vasilisa, who comes along and seduces Nero with high aspirations of her own. René is quickly drawn into their inner circle, becoming privy to their tortured secrets, infidelities, and crimes.
Outside “the Gardens,” America is facing radical political change—the rise of the Tea Party, identity politics, and backlash against political correctness. While on the brink of a new presidency, an insane, narcissistic presidential candidate known as only The Joker grows stronger and stronger, and the country is turned upside-down.
Overflowing with inventiveness and humor that fans of Rushdie will recognize, The Golden House is a modern epic of love and terrorism, loss and reinvention—a powerful, timely story told with an incomparable daring, elegant wit.
Praise for Salman Rushdie:
“A glittering novelist—one with startling imaginative and intellectual resources, a master of perpetual storytelling.”—New Yorker
“[A] writer of courage, impressive strength . . . and sheer stylistic brilliance.”—Washington Post Book World
“Swift in Gulliver’s Travels, Voltaire in Candide, Sterne in Tristram Shandy . . .[Rushdie] is very much a latter-day member of their company.”—New York Times Book Review
“One of the major literary voices of our time.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Rushdie’s synthesizing energy, the way he brings together ancient myth and old story, contemporary incident and archetypal emotion, transfigures reason into a waking dream.”—Los Angeles Times
“The most original imagination writing today.”—Nadine Gordimer
“Rushdie is our Scheherazade.”—Ursula K. Le Guin, The Guardian
“Everywhere he takes us there is both love and war, in strange and terrifying combinations, painted in swaying, swirling, world-eating prose that annihilates the borders between East and West, love and hate, our private lives and the history we make.”—Time
Salman Rushdie is the author of twelve previous novels--Grimus, Midnight's Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and The Sea of Stories, The Moor's Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown, The Enchantress of Florence, Luka and the Fire of Life, and Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights--and one collection of short stories: East, West. He has also published four works of nonfiction-- Joseph Anton, The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands, and Step Across This Line--and co-edited two anthologies, Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. A former president of PEN American Center, Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for services to literature.
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