Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

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Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
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AuthorSalman Rushdie
CountryUnited Kingdom
PublisherRandom House
Publication date
September 8, 2015
Media typePrint (hardback)
Pages304 pp. (hardback)
ISBN9780812998917 (hardback)
Preceded byThe Enchantress of Florence 

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights is a 2015 novel by Salman Rushdie.

The novel is set in New York in the near future. It deals with jinns, and recounts the story of a jinnia princess and her offspring during the "strangenesses". After a great storm, slits between the world of jinns and the world of men are opened and strange phenomena emerge as dark jinnis invade the Earth. The jinnia princess and her children thus need to fight to defend the Earth and the humans from them, the Grand Ifrits. All the while, the Great Philosopher Averroes (Ibn Rushd) and the famous theologian Al-Ghazali pursue a philosophical debate about reason and God.

The title is a reference to the 1,001 nights Scheherazade spent telling stories in the Arabian Nights.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

In a review of the book in The Guardian, Erica Wagner said that it is a "wonderful" novel and praised Rushdie: "the dark delights that spring from his imagination in this novel have the spellbinding energy that has marked the greatest storytellers since the days of Scheherazade."[1]



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