Salman Rushdie’s ‘Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights’

The central character of Rushdie’s new novel, “Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights” is also a man who has been cursed and then gets blamed for it. Geronimo Manezes, a Mumbai-born gardener now living in New York, has begun to levitate. This isn’t the wish fulfillment of a flying dream; it threatens his livelihood and brings the increasing hostility of strangers. “Why do you imagine I consider my condition an improvement? he wanted to cry out. Why, when it has ruined my life and I fear it may bring about my early death?”