Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism, 1981-1991

Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism, 1981-1991

by Salman Rushdie

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Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism, 1981-1991 by Salman Rushdie

In Imaginary Homelands, Salman Rushdie presents ten years’ worth of concentrated thought on topics from the most cherished literary traditions and authors of India, Europe, and America to the politics of oppression, the joy of film and television, and the enduring value of the imagination. Writing with lively and intelligent insight—from the provocative, to the humorous, to the deeply profound—Rushdie demonstrates why he is celebrated as one of our greatest literary minds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623730123
Publisher: Odyssey Editions
Publication date: 05/14/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 439
Sales rank: 1,170,265
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Born in Bombay in 1947, Salman Rushdie is the author of six novels, including Grimus, Shame, The Satanic Verses, The Moor's Last Sigh, and The Ground Beneath Her Feet, and a volume of essays, Imaginary Homelands. His numerous literary prizes include the Booker Prize for Midnight's Children and the Whitbread Prize for The Satanic Verses.

Hometown:

New York, New York

Date of Birth:

June 19, 1947

Place of Birth:

Bombay, Maharashtra, India

Education:

M.A. in History, King's College, University of Cambridge

Table of Contents

Imaginary HomelandsIntroduction
1
Imaginary Homelands
"Errata": Or, Unreliable Narration in Midnight's Children
The Riddle of Midnight: India, August 1987

2
Censorship
The Assassination of Indira Gandhi
Dynasty
Zia ul-Haq. 17 August 1988
Daughter of the East

3
"Commonwealth Literature" Does Not Exist
Anita Desai
Kipling
Hobson-Jobson

4
Outside the Whale
Attenborough's Gandhi
Satyajit Ray
Handsworth Songs
The Location of Brazil

5
The New Empire within Britain
An Unimportant Fire
Home Front
V. S. Naipaul
The Painter and the Pest

6
A General Election
Charter 88
On Palestinian Identity: A Conversation with Edward Said

7
Nadine Gordimer
Rian Malan
Nuruddin Farah
Kapuscinski's Angola

8
John Berger
Graham Greene
John le Carre
On Adventure
At the Adelaide Festival
Travelling with Chatwin
Chatwin's Travels
Julian Barnes
Kazuo Ishiguro

9
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

10
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Mario Vargas Llosa

11
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

12
Naipaul Among the Believers
"In God We Trust"
In Good Faith
Is Nothing Sacred?
One Thousand Days in a Balloon

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Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism, 1981-1991 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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