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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Some of these stories were sacred in origin, but because I grew up in a nonreligious household, 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, ...
If you live in a neighborhood like Harper Lee's or William Faulkner's, by all means feel free to tell the heated tales of your own personal Yoknapatawpha, and you'll probably find you never need to leave home at all.
I really hope some readers will understand what that sentence means, because I certainly do not. “What's the use of stories that aren't even true?” is a question that could no doubt form the basis of an interesting lecture about Lost.
Story is the unnatural means we use to talk about human life, our way of reaching the truth by making things up. And we are the only species that, from the beginning, has used stories to explain ourselves to ourselves.
A naturalistic novel is entirely capable of being escapist: Read a little chick lit and you'll see what I mean. The truth is not arrived at by purely mimetic means. An image can be captured by a camera or by a paintbrush.
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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