"After a storm strikes New York City, the strangenesses begin. Unbeknownst to the characters, they are all descended from the whimsical, capricious, wanton creatures known as the jinn, who live in a world separated from ours by a veil."
Rushdie defends secularism without acknowledging how it has been long bound to the institutions and ideologies of capitalism and colonialism that are responsible for many of the ills of the globalized world that Rushdie diagnoses — violence, inequality, slavery, and ecological disaster.
The new novel quickly becomes a breathless mash-up of wormholes, mythical creatures, current affairs and disquisitions on philosophy and theology. Behind its glittery encrustations, the plot resembles the bare outline for a movie about superheroes.