Victory City: A Novel by Salman Rushdie

Victory City: A Novel  by Salman Rushdie

Title:  Victory City: A Novel 
Author: Salman Rushdie
Publisher:  Random House 
Genre:  General Fiction (Adult) 
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages: 326
Date of US Publication:  7 February, 2023
My Rating:  5 Stars

My Thoughts 

Magical and engrossing from the first chapter. This was beautifully visual and I was able to see so much during my reading. The fantasy / fairy tale / here presented as a translation of an ancient epic is brilliant. And with feminism, and equality, and respect for all? - I loved that. 

I didn’t rush through this, it was like a really rich, decadent dessert - I wanted to take my time and really savor it ❤️ 

Absolute recommendation, I’m going to re-read this one, and probably listen to it, because I feel as though that will work well for me, as I still love feeling like someone is telling me a grand and wonderful tale. 

Thank you to Random House and NetGalley for the DRC!


NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE • The epic tale of a woman who breathes a fantastical empire into existence, only to be consumed by it over the centuries—from the transcendent imagination of Booker Prize–winning, internationally bestselling author Salman Rushdie

“A major accomplishment by one of our greatest living writers . . . It does not resemble any other novel I could name.”—Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Hours

ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2023: Time, The Washington Post, The Guardian, USA Today, The Tampa Bay Times, The Week, CNBC, Business Insider, Kirkus Reviews

In the wake of an unimportant battle between two long-forgotten kingdoms in fourteenth-century southern India, a nine-year-old girl has a divine encounter that will change the course of history. After witnessing the death of her mother, the grief-stricken Pampa Kampana becomes a vessel for a goddess, who begins to speak out of the girl’s mouth. Granting her powers beyond Pampa Kampana’s comprehension, the goddess tells her that she will be instrumental in the rise of a great city called Bisnaga—“victory city”—the wonder of the world.

Over the next 250 years, Pampa Kampana’s life becomes deeply interwoven with Bisnaga’s, from its literal sowing from a bag of magic seeds to its tragic ruination in the most human of ways: the hubris of those in power. Whispering Bisnaga and its citizens into existence, Pampa Kampana attempts to make good on the task that the goddess set for her: to give women equal agency in a patriarchal world. But all stories have a way of getting away from their creator, and Bisnaga is no exception. As years pass, rulers come and go, battles are won and lost, and allegiances shift, the very fabric of Bisnaga becomes an ever more complex tapestry—with Pampa Kampana at its center.

Brilliantly styled as a translation of an ancient epic, 
Victory City is a saga of love, adventure, and myth that is in itself a testament to the power of storytelling.


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