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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In that far-off Bombay, the stories and books that reached me from the West seemed like true tales of wonder. Hans Christian Andersen's “The Snow Queen,” with its splinters of magic mirror that entered people's bloodstreams and turned ...
Who had faith, who must have had faith, in the man beneath the murderous monster and in her own ability to restore him to his true humanity, by telling him stories. What a woman! It's easy to understand how and why King Shahryar fell in ...
... which were not true but by being not true told the truth, often more beautifully and memorably than stories that relied on being true. Those stories didn't have to happen once upon a time either. They could happen right now.
And that is ordinary magic, human magic, the true wonder of the wonder tale. — I'M TRYING TO MAKE a case in favor of something that is pretty much out of fashion these days. By general consensus, we live in an age of nonfiction.
In the novel I wrote for my then ten-year-old son, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, an annoyed ten-year-old boy shouts at his storyteller father, “What's the use of stories that aren't even true?” The book that followed was an attempt to ...
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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