The Bookseller – Rights – Jonathan Cape lands Rushdie’s new novel Victory City
Jonathan Cape picked up Salman Rushdie’s new novel city of victoryto be released simultaneously in the UK, US and Canada on February 9, 2023.
Publishing director Michal Shavit acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, from Andrew Wylie of The Wylie Agency, Knopf US and Knopf Canada also publishing.
According to the publisher, city of victory “features an unforgettable heroine struggling against a patriarchal world” and “celebrates the power of storytelling”.
Its synopsis reads: “Hidden in a clay pot. Sealed with wax. Buried in the heart of a ruined palace amidst the ashes of an empire. A story is waiting to be told. When nine-year-old Pampa Kampana begins to hear the voice of a goddess, she vows to ensure that no more women suffer the unconscionable fate of their beloved mother. His magic creates a mighty city; his whispered words inspire his people to grow and change. His poetry traces the rise and fall of his empire.
“And the prophetess herself – beloved, feared, timeless – watches the world change through the centuries and her body fades with the glory of her city. Half a millennium later, his writing is discovered, deep in the ancient land. It’s an epic story with a message for all of us: our power is fleeting, but our stories last forever.
Shavit said: “From one of our greatest storytellers, city of victory is a tale for our time. Brilliantly crafted as a translation of an ancient epic, it’s a saga of love, adventure and myth that in itself is 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. It is an incredibly beautiful, lyrical and gripping novel about the power and pride of those in power.
Salman Rushdie is the author of fourteen novels, including The Midnight Children (Vintage), which received the Booker Prize in 1981, Shame (Ancient), satanic verses (Old) and Haroun and the Sea of Stories (Puffins). His books have been translated into over 40 languages.
A Fellow of the British Royal Society of Literature, Rushdie has received, among other accolades, the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel twice, the Writers Guild Prize, the James Tait Black Prize, the Aristeion Union Prize for Literature European and author of the year. Prices in Great Britain and Germany. He is currently Writer-in-Residence at New York University and was recently honored in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List.