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The Golden House

A Novel

by Salman Rushdie

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The Golden House by Salman Rushdie
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    Sep 2017, 400 pages

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In a new world order of alternative truths, Salman Rushdie's uncannily prescient novel is about identity, truth, terror and lies.

Early on in Salman Rushdie's sprawling 13th novel, The Golden House, the book's eponymous anti-hero Nero Golden arrives in the United States with his three sons. Nero forcefully instructs them to keep their origins a secret. When his youngest asks what they should tell people instead, Nero becomes enraged. "Tell them we were born yesterday," he says. "Tell them we materialized by magic, or arrived from the neighborhood of Alpha Centauri in a spaceship hidden in a comet's tail. Say we are from nowhere or anywhere or somewhere, we are make-believe people, frauds, reinventions, shapeshifters, which is to say, Americans."

The remark is a punch in the gut for anyone who still holds delusions about the idealism of the American Dream in the age of Donald Trump. The Goldens come to America not so much for the promise of a better life, but for the promise that they can become ...

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