Master of magical realism conjures a disappointing tale

Master of magical realism conjures a disappointing tale
Salman Rushdie: forfeiting our sympathy Syrie Moskowitz

FICTION: Two Years Eight Months; and Twenty-Eight Nights; By Salman Rushdie; Jonathan Cape, €19

Two years, eight months and twenty-eight nights adds up to one thousand and one nights, and Salman Rushdie’s 13th novel is a riff on the classic story of Scheherazade saving her life by telling tales to distract a vengeful King. In 12th century Andalusia, the disgraced philosopher Ibn Rushd is seduced by a jinn named Dunia, who bears him an improbable multitude of children.

The descendants of Ibn Rushd and Dunia are known as...

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