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, RenU, an aspiring filmmaker who finds in the Goldens the perfect subject. RenU 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.
"[A] complex and witty fable ... Rushdie has always been an impish myth-manipulator, refusing to accept, as in this novel, that the lives of the emperors can't be blended with film noir, popular culture and crime caper. On the evidence of The Golden House, he is quite right." -- Alex Clark * Observer * "Rushdie's fable is a sprightly portrait of American life from Obama's election to the rise of Trump." -- Anthony Gardner * Mail on Sunday * "Intelligent and darkly funny...with a raw political edge." -- Robert Douglas-Fairhurst * The Times * "Where Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities sent up the go-go, me-me Reagan/Bush era, Rushdie's latest novel captures the existential uncertainties of the anxious Obama years... A sort of Great Gatsby for our time: everyone is implicated, no one is innocent, and no one comes out unscathed." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "A ravishingly well-told, deeply knowledgeable, magnificently insightful, and righteously outraged epic which pos-es timeless questions about the human condition... As Rushdie's blazing tale surges toward its crescendo, life, as it always has, rises stubbornly from the ashes, as does love." * Booklist * "Rushdie writes with a Dickensian exuberance, always full of humour as well as striking scornful, tragic notes. Often he plays the role of satirist. His caricatures and outsize figures are full of life, wickedness and human energy: again, as in Dickens, grounded in a precise social and political scene." -- Jereme Boyd Maunsell * Evening Standard * "Salman Rushdie is a writer of illimitable imagination and verbal ingenuity. He grips us with wild storylines, takes us on flights of fancy, brings us back down again, enthralled and dazed... The terrorist attacks by Islamicists, the unplanned developments, the bribery and corruption and multiple tragedies are gritty, real and moving. Extreme scenes are written so beautifully I don't think I will ever forget them... The Golden House is an extraordinary book, a brooding meditation on the personal and political, on ethics, egotism, freedom and interdependence." -- Yasmin Alibhai-Brown * i * "This is a compelling thriller with a pinch of fantasy, populated by larger-than-life characters... This powerfully cinematic novel, enriched by references to literature, popular culture and film, is dense, detailed and rewarding, displaying one of our leading novelists at the top of his game." -- Vanessa Berridge * Sunday Express * "His prose is just as often a pleasure, bursting with colour and texture... The result stands as Rushdie's most vital book in years, and perhaps the first protest novel of the Trump era." -- Stephen Phelan * Herald * "A typically bold and all-encompassing saga." -- Hilary A White * Irish Independent * "Rushdie is, as ever, excellent in conveying bitter, personal anger." -- DJ Taylor * Literary Review * "Two decades after Rushdie transplanted himself to the US, one of the major pleasures of this novel is the way in which he considers the mores of the one per cent of the one per cent. Rushdie writes about the Goldens' glittering, private world with innumerable perfect details, down to the art hanging on the walls... It will be a long four years, but fictional protests are unlikely to be as electric as this." -- Olivia Cole * GQ * "Hugely entertaining... Told against a backdrop of American politics and culture between Obama's inauguration and the 2016 presidential election, it's an extraordinarily powerful tale of our times." -- Sue Price * Saga Magazine * "Rushdie's prose is beyond much reprieve-there are few contemporary artists who come to mind that possess his ability to craft sentences. In this regard, The Golden House, his latest novel, is no exception... The Golden House is a joy to read... It's hard to not have fun reading writing at Rushdie's level of craftsmanship. It's clever, intimidating, jocund, and electrifying." * Chicago Review of Books * "If F. Scott Fitzgerald, Homer, Eurip-ides, and Shakespeare collaborated on a contemporary fall-of-an-empire epic set in New York City, the result would be The Golden House...wildly satiric and yet piercingly real." * Poets & Writers * "This is Rushdie's most urgent novel for years." -- Tim Martin * Spectator * "Unruly but exuberant... Rushdie has always been a storyteller with too many stories to tell, and so he is here. This book has a glut of stories, sub-stories, parenthetical riffs, mini-treatises and references within references to politics, etymology, film history, literature, popular culture. It is an achievement that among it all, a thrillerish plot about Nero Golden's past manages to keep a strong central pull... Much of the success of The Golden House, in fact, lies in its humour and in the vigour of its storytelling... There is a glowing energy to the prose that makes this Rushdie's most enjoyable, mischievous and American of novels." -- Arifa Akbar * Financial Times * "Each of Salman Rushdie's novels is loudly, thoroughly and unmistakably his work, and The Golden House is no exception. The meta-textual stylings which made him a darling of postmodernity have not diminished with time, and he revels in his role as self-reflexive storyteller as much as ever... Watching Rushdie bring out each of his well-honed techniques one by one is a little like attending the concert of a rock legend and seeing him work steadily through his greatest hits. Years of practice have left his fingers incapable of missing their mark and so each track is played from first note to last with a technical mastery equalling, maybe exceeding, that of the artist in his prime. The performance isn't charged like it was back when those songs were written, the culture and the time they came out of have passed. What remains is really just an echo, but a very enjoyable echo - Tangled Up In Blue is still a great song, after all... No-one spins a yarn like Rushdie, and The Golden House's tale of bastard sons, mysterious men and submerged pasts is hugely enjoyable... To say The Golden House is 'only' hugely enjoyable is a little like writing 'only' on a cheque for GBP1 million." -- Ross McIndoe * Skinny *
Sir Salman Rushdie has received many awards for his writing, including the European Union's Aristeion Prize for Literature. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 1993 Midnight's Children was judged to be the 'Booker of Bookers', the best novel to have won the Booker Prize in its first 25 years. In June 2007 he received a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours.