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.
The Mahabharata and its sidekick, the Ramayana, two of the longest wonder tales of all, are still alive in India, alive in the minds of Indians and relevant to their daily lives, in the way the gods of the Greeks and Romans were once ...
Fortunately, they did not succeed, and then larger matters began to preoccupy Egyptian minds. ... To my mind, this call is an excellent thing and well worth responding to, but you can see how people who dislike music, jokes, ...
... the story that was published three years later in much expanded form as the book we now colloquially know as Alice in Wonderland. Many of the greatest works of children's literature were created with particular children in mind ...
... 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. When I wrote my novel The Enchantress of Florence, I tried to look at what it might have ...
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.
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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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The Emperor Akbar and the Making
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