Languages of Truth: Essays 2003-2020
Random House Publishing Group, 25. maí 2021 - 368 síđur
Newly collected, revised, and expanded nonfiction from the first two decades of the twenty-first century—including many texts never previously in print—by the Booker Prize–winning, internationally bestselling author
Longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay
Salman Rushdie is celebrated as “a master of perpetual storytelling” (The New Yorker), illuminating truths about our society and culture through his gorgeous, often searing prose. Now, in his latest collection of nonfiction, he brings together insightful and inspiring essays, criticism, and speeches that focus on his relationship with the written word and solidify his place as one of the most original thinkers of our time.
Gathering pieces written between 2003 and 2020, Languages of Truth chronicles Rushdie’s intellectual engagement with a period of momentous cultural shifts. Immersing the reader in a wide variety of subjects, he delves into the nature of storytelling as a human need, and what emerges is, in myriad ways, a love letter to literature itself. Rushdie explores what the work of authors from Shakespeare and Cervantes to Samuel Beckett, Eudora Welty, and Toni Morrison mean to him, whether on the page or in person. He delves deep into the nature of “truth,” revels in the vibrant malleability of language and the creative lines that can join art and life, and looks anew at migration, multiculturalism, and censorship.
Enlivened on every page by Rushdie’s signature wit and dazzling voice, Languages of Truth offers the author’s most piercingly analytical views yet on the evolution of literature and culture even as he takes us on an exhilarating tour of his own exuberant and fearless imagination.
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One of the most remarkable characteristics of the stories now gathered in the pages of The Thousand Nights and One Night, to take just one example, is the almost complete absence of religion. Lots of sex, much mischief, a great deal of ...
It began, or so the story goes, when Shah Zaman found his wife in the arms of a palace cook, whose chief characteristics were that he was (a) black, (b) huge, and (c) covered in kitchen grease. In spite of, or perhaps because of, ...
... where it played the part of the book being read by the character Desmond on Oceanic Flight 815 during the flashsideways timeline. I really hope some readers will understand what that sentence means, because I certainly do not.
In Sheldon Cashdan's study The Witch Must Die, he proposes that female characters are used in folktale as exemplars of the deadly sins: the vanity of the queen in “Snow White” (“mirror, mirror on the wall”); the envy of Cinderella, ...
Sinbad the Sailor and Aladdin were not Disney characters when they started out on their journeys. It is, however, a rich age in literature for children and younghearted adults. From Sendak's place Where the Wild Things Are to Philip ...
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Engaging, stylish, beautifully written essays on language, storytelling, authors; essays derived from PEN related speeches, introductions, commencement addresses; essays on visual artists. Introduced and reintroduced me to wonderful authors and artists, and engaging ideas. Highly recommended. Read full review