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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... such inconveniences as members of other religions to complicate matters. The politicization of the Ramayana, and of Hinduism in general, has become, in the hands of unscrupulous sectarian leaders, a dangerous affair. The attack on the.
... the last of his one thousand and ninety-seven wives, and gave up all pretense of murderous intent—that Shah Zaman's project also ended; cleansed at last of bloodlust, he asked for, and received, sweet Dunyazad's hand in marriage.
And the kings died simultaneously either at their wives' hands or at the vizier's. It's just a theory. Maybe the answer lies in the great lost book. Maybe it doesn't. We can only...wonder. At any rate, the final count of the dead was ...
On the one hand, it was clear, such a linkage apparently increased the power of these women. The “enchantress” in my novel, believed to be capable of working miracles, comes close to sainthood, and even the Medici pope in Rome is half ...
The act of reading or viewing is also a creative act, a participation in fiction, clap hands if you believe in fairies, and without it the magic doesn't work, and Tinker Bell dies. Children know this, but people grow up and forget, ...
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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