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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To my mind, this call is an excellent thing and well worth responding to, but you can see how people who dislike music, jokes, and pleasure would be upset by it. It is rather wonderful that this ancient text, this wonderful group of ...
... with particular children in mind: J. M. Barrie wrote Peter Pan to please the Llewelyn Davies boys, A. A. Milne wrote Winnie-the-Pooh about his son Christopher Robin Milne's favorite toys, and Lewis Carroll wrote Alice for Alice.
... when Ariosto filled his long narrative poem Orlando Furioso with such women, and when the artists of the period—Dosso Dossi's Circe comes to mind—returned over and over, one might almost say obsessively, to the theme.
He didn't want the half-things to be read, the wrong things, didn't want to be interpreted and explicated through the study of the workings of his mind but only through the work itself, the inexhaustible, inexplicable work.
... born of the happy and—even better—the useful contaminations by others of the writer's reading mind. I acted in a play by Jonson once, playing Pertinax Surly in an undergraduate production of The Alchemist performed in the cloisters ...
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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