Like George Orwell or Bruce Chatwin, Salman Rushdie observes and illuminates a stunning range of cultural, political, and intellectual issues crucial to our time.
Imaginery Homelands is an important record of Rushdie's intellectual and personal odyssey, and the 75 essays collected here, written over the last ten years, cover an astonishing range of subjects.
Devout Muslims, outraged by a perceived belittling of Islam within the novel, staged public demonstrations and placed bans on its importation.
Eventually, a fatwa, or decree, was issued by Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruholiah Khomeini, calling for the execution of Rushdie.
The latter received wide critical praise and earned Rushdie the Booker Mc Connell Prize.
Salman Rushdie Essays And Criticism
Rushdie gained international notoriety in 1988 with the publication of The Satanic Verses.
This is India's first hour of independence from Britain, and the trading of infants' saves Sinai from a life of poverty at the bottom of the country's caste system by landing him in the home of an upper-class Muslim couple.
The story weaves events from Sinai's life throughout many of India's crucial historical moments, and he is finally pitted against Shiva, the child of midnight whose privilege he had claimed at birth.
His Rabelaisian skill for telling stories teeming with fantasy and history, and the virtuosity of his style, with its sly transliterations of Indo-English idioms, won him a delighted audience with the publication of Midnight's Children in 1980.
However, it was the urgency with which he returned to the lands of his birth and childhood to write of a world where politics and the individual are inseparably connected that won him wide acclaim as a brilliant new novelist and intellectual.