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Salman Rushdie's latest novel, Victory City, is now available in paperback. The book tells the story of Pampa, a girl who has the power to raise a new society, but the state she creates fails to live up to its ideals.
Depending on your point of view, the heroine of Rushdie's 16th novel is either a goddess or a girl.
Simon Garfield's book, All the Knowledge in the World, delves into the history of encyclopedias. From ancient times to the existence of Wikipedia, Garfield provides a humorous and comprehensive overview of these volumes.
Garfield puts forth a humorous, roomy history of those volumes, which he calls the historical backbone of broad knowledge.