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 ...
For example, there's a legend that King Solomon possessed one that could change its size and become big enough to transport an army: the world's first air force. But in The Arabian Nights, all carpets remain passive and inert.
... the fantastic—the wonder tale, the fable, the folktale, the magicrealist novel—has always embodied profound truths about human beings, their finest attributes and their deepest prejudices too: about, to take just one example, women.
... if the public mood shifts, the same people who venerated you as a saint yesterday can come to burn you tomorrow, as the example of Saint Joan of Arc demonstrates. I too was writing about a woman walking along the knife-edge of this ...
... a freedom not granted to, for example, French writers by, for example, Racine, who might have been a great playwright but his forms weren't free, they were classicist and straitjacket-like and confining, he was an artist in formal ...
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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