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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PEN World Voices Opening Night 2017 Christopher Hitchens (1949–2011) The Liberty Instinct Osama Bin Laden Ai Weiwei and Others: The 2011 Crackdown in China The Half-Woman God Nova Southeastern University Commencement Address, ...
... I was able to receive them simply as beautiful stories. This did not mean I did not believe them. When I heard about the samudra manthan, the tale of how the great god Indra churned the Milky Way, using the fabled Mount.
god Indra churned the Milky Way, using the fabled Mount Mandara as his churning stick, to force the giant ocean of milk in the sky to give up its nectar, amrita, the nectar of immortality, I began to see the stars in a new way.
gods of the Greeks and Romans were once alive in Western imaginations. Once, and not so long ago, it was possible in the lands of the West to allude to the story of the shirt of Nessus, and people would have known that the dying centaur ...
Lots of sex, much mischief, a great deal of deviousness; monsters, jinnis, giant rocs; at times, enormous quantities of blood and gore; but no God. This is why censorious Islamists dislike it so much. In Egypt in May 2010, ...
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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