Stranger Gods

Overview

Clark's exploration of Rushdie's novels works on at least three levels. First, he clarifies and interprets Rushdie's often puzzling references to figures such as Loki and Shiva, settings such as the mountains of Qaf and Kailasa, and experiences such as the annihilation of the self and the temptations of the Muslim Devil, Iblis. Second, he demonstrates how otherworldy motifs work with or against each other, fusing or clashing with Dantean, Shakespearean, and other literary forms to create hybrid characters, plots,...

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Overview

Clark's exploration of Rushdie's novels works on at least three levels. First, he clarifies and interprets Rushdie's often puzzling references to figures such as Loki and Shiva, settings such as the mountains of Qaf and Kailasa, and experiences such as the annihilation of the self and the temptations of the Muslim Devil, Iblis. Second, he demonstrates how otherworldy motifs work with or against each other, fusing or clashing with Dantean, Shakespearean, and other literary forms to create hybrid characters, plots, and themes. Finally, he argues that Rushdie's brutal assault on tradition and taboo is mitigated by his secular idealism and his subtle homage to mystical ideals of the past. This novel interpretation, which presents Rushdie's first five novels as a heterogeneous yet consistent body of work, will challenge and delight not only Rushdie scholars but anyone interested in comparative religion and mythology, iconoclasm, and the interplay of Western and Eastern literary forms.

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Clark (English, U. of British Columbia) provides background information on Indian-born English-language novelist Rushdie's often puzzling references such as the Norse Loki, the Hindu Mount Kailasa, and the temptations of the Muslim Devil Iblis. He also explains how those motifs work with and against each other to shape character, plot, and theme; and suggests that his assault on tradition and taboo is tempered by a subtle homage to mystical ideals of the past. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773521933
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Works of A. S. Rushdie
Time-Line
1 A Jungle of Books 3
2 When Worlds Collide 18
3 Grimus: Worlds upon Worlds 30
4 Midnight's Children: The Road from Kashmir 61
5 Shame: An Other World Strikes Back 100
6 The Satanic Verses: Dreamscapes of a Green-Eyed Monster 128
7 Post-Verses 182
Notes 203
Bibliography 213
Index 221
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