Languages of Truth: Essays 2003-2020
Random House Publishing Group, 25. maí 2021 - 368 síður
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.
“I Am Not Yet Dead” from the musical Monty Python's Spamalot, written by Eric Idle, music by John Du Prez. Copyright © 2004. Used with permission. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING - IN -PUBLICATION DATA NAMES : Rushdie, Salman, author.
The “slobbering” black lover of Shahryar's late queen escaped, or so it seems; how else to explain his absence from the list of the dead? King Shahryar and King Shah Zaman duly took their revenge on faithless womankind.
Three years already: one thousand and ninety-five nights, one thousand and ninety-five dead queens for Shahryar, one thousand and ninety-five more for Shah Zaman, or one thousand and ninety-six each if a leap year was involved.
The minimum total number of the dead by this time was, by my calculation, three thousand, two hundred and fourteen. Only eleven of the dead were men. Consider Scheherazade, whose name meant “city-born” and who was without a doubt a ...
Thirteen of the dead were men. — WHEN I FINISHED MY memoir, Joseph Anton, I felt a deep hunger for fiction. And not just any old fiction, but fiction as wildly fantastic as the memoir had been determinedly realistic.
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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
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