After all the accolades and attention he’s received for both his work and his extraordinary life, you’d think Salman Rushdie would slip up and produce a stinker at some point. Hardly the case with “The Enchantress of Florence, ” Rushdie’s follow-up to 2005’s “Shalimar the Clown,” an epic, complex fantasy and fairy tale that moves between centuries and covers an emperor’s court, a beautiful princess and far-traveling storyteller, Rushdie’s book…well, it really isn’t worth getting into its massive plot, as it’s not something that can be pared down to a few sentences. The pure craft of Rushdie’s writing makes “Enchantress” a marvel; its romance, historical wonder and imagination make it a must-read. Apart from that, any chance to see Rushdie speak in person shouldn’t be ignored—as insightful and thought-provoking as the author can be, he’s also one hell of a storyteller, and often very, very funny. (Tom Lynch)
Salman Rushdie discusses “The Enchantress of Florence” July 10 at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 South State, (312)747-4300, at 6pm.