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Imaginary Homelands Introduction
"Errata": Or, Unreliable Narration in Midnight's Children
The Riddle of Midnight: India, August 1987
Censorship The Assassination of Indira Gandhi Dynasty Zia ul-Haq. 17 August 1988
Daughter of the East
"Commonwealth Literature" Does Not Exist Anita Desai Kipling
Outside the Whale Attenborough's Gandhi Satyajit Ray
The Location of Brazil
The New Empire within Britain An Unimportant Fire
V. S. Naipaul The Painter and the Pest
A General Election Charter 88
On Palestinian Identity: A Conversation with Edward Said
Nadine Gordimer Rian Malan Nuruddin Farah Kapuscinski's Angola
John Berger Graham Greene John le Carre On Adventure At the Adelaide Festival Travelling with Chatwin Chatwin's Travels Julian Barnes Kazuo Ishiguro
Michel Tournier Italo Calvino Stephen Hawking Andrei Sakharov Umberto Eco Gunter Grass Heinrich Boll Siegfried Lenz Peter Schneider Christoph Ransmayr Maurice Sendak and Wilhelm Grimm
Gabriel Garcia Marquez Mario Vargas Llosa
The Language of the Pack
Debrett Goes to Hollywood
E. L. Doctorow Michael Herr: An Interview Richard Ford Raymond Carver Isaac Bashevis Singer Philip Roth Saul Bellow Thomas Pynchon Kurt Vonnegut Grace Paley Travels with a Golden Ass
The Divine Supermarket
Naipaul Among the Believers
"In God We Trust"
In Good Faith Is Nothing Sacred?
One Thousand Days in a Balloon
Posted May 27, 2002
I absolutely loved these essays by Salman Rushdie, especially the ones in which he deals with the politics of India and Pakistan (I especially loved the essay on Zia ul-Haq), and about racism. However, most importantly, I loved reading 'In Good Faith,' and 'One Thousand Days in a Balloon' because they dealt with The Satanic Verses, and Rushdie gave a beautiful defense for his great book. When I first started reading Rushdie, many of my friends and family memebers were shocked. 'Isn't he the man that spreads anti-Islamic propoganda?, etc.' I am glad that I kept an open mind, and actually read Shame, read The Satanic Verses, and read Imaginery Homelands, because then I would have never have learned that Mr. Rushdie is far from being a racist. He has spent most of his life standing up for minorities, and standing up for the rights of women. He is a man who truly cares for the fate of his people and his society, and indeed, the fate of humanity, and can articulate the position of the migrant beautifully. Though I am a Pakistani Muslim, I understood clearly that The Satanic Verses was by no means anti-Islamic propoganda, but was a novel about the sruggles of the immigrant, our dual personalaties, and about racism. Please read these essays, instead of judging Rushdie by false rumors. He is a favorite author of mine, and will always have a special place in my heart.
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