Midnight’s Children is a loose allegory for events in India both before and, primarily, after the independence and partition of India, which took place at midnight on 15 August 1947. In the temporal sense,Midnight’s Children is post-colonial as the main body of the narrative occurs after India becomes independent. The narrative framework of Midnight’s Children consists of tale which Saleem Sinai recounts orally to his wife-to-be Padma. This self-referential narrative recalls indigenous Indian culture, particularly the similarly orally recounted Arabian Nights. The events in Rushdie’s text also parallel the magical nature of the narratives recounted in the Arabian Nights.
Fantasy is consciously used as a device or a method by many postmodernist novelists. Rushdie has used fantasy ingenuously and admirably in Midnight’s Children. He believed that fantasy could be used as a method for producing intensified images of reality.
Source: Analysis of Midnight’s Children
Midnight’s Children was written by Salman Rushdie. It was published in 1980.