When powerful real-estate tycoon Nero Golden immigrates to the States under mysterious circumstances, he and his three adult children assume new identities, taking 'Roman' names, and move into a grand mansion in downtown Manhattan. Arriving shortly after the inauguration of Barack Obama, he and his sons, each extraordinary in his own right, quickly establish themselves at the apex of New York society.
The story of the Golden family is told from the point of view of their Manhattanite neighbour and confidant, René, an aspiring filmmaker who finds in the Goldens the perfect subject. René chronicles the undoing of the house of Golden: the high life of money, of art and fashion, a sibling quarrel, an unexpected metamorphosis, the arrival of a beautiful woman, betrayal and murder, and far away, in their abandoned homeland, some decent intelligence work.
Invoking literature, pop culture, and the cinema, Rushdie spins the story of the American zeitgeist over the last eight years, hitting every beat: the rise of the birther movement, the Tea Party, Gamergate and identity politics; the backlash against political correctness; the ascendency of the superhero movie, and, of course, the insurgence of a ruthlessly ambitious, narcissistic, media-savvy villain wearing make-up and with coloured hair.
In a new world order of alternative truths, Salman Rushdie has written the ultimate novel about identity, truth, terror and lies. A brilliant, heartbreaking realist novel that is not only uncannily prescient but shows one of the world's greatest storytellers working at the height of his powers.
Salman Rushdie, geboren 1947 in Bombay, studierte in Cambridge Geschichte. Mit seinem Roman 'Mitternachtskinder' wurde er weltberühmt. Seine Bücher erhielten renommierte internationale Auszeichnungen, u.a. den Booker Prize, und sind in zahlreiche Sprachen übersetzt. 1996 wurde ihm der Aristeion-Literaturpreis der EU für sein Gesamtwerk zuerkannt. 2008 schlug ihn die Queen zum Ritter. Salman Rushdie erhielt 2014 den Hans Christian Andersen Award und den PEN/Pinter Prize.