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A brilliant collection of short stories from the Booker prize-winning author.

In these nine stories Salman Rushdie looks at what happens when East meets West, at the forces that pull his characters first in one direction, then the other. Fantasy and realism collide as a rickshaw driver writes letters describing his film star career in Bombay; a mispronunciation leads to romance and an unusual courtship in sixties London; two childhood friends turned diplomats live out in a violent world fantasies hatched by Star Trek; and Christopher Columbus dreams of consummating his relationship with Queen Isabella. The stories in East, West show the extraordinary range and power of Salman Rushdie's writing.

Reviews

A vindication of the rights of fiction...His story-telling powers are alive and well - his ingenuity, wit, charm and his restless talent for the unexpected

Sunday Times

Literary magic

Literary Review

The most original imagination writing today

Nadine Gordimer

Scheherazade meets Star Trek in these well-honed miniatures from the maestro of the cross-cultural blockbuster

Independent

Home in neither, but poised somewhere in between - Salman Rushdie's volume of short stories on this theme is deft, inventive, entertaining

Financial Times

One of the decade's great literary triumphs: magical, compassionate, wise, beautiful, and so very entertaining

Toronto Star

Richly imaginative... The characters are memorable, the language swift, and the reader is touched by desire, friendship and love

Globe and Mail

Rushdie is the great post-imperial Indian writer

Times Literary Supplement

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    9781409058809

    December 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    192 pages

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    9780099533016

    October 6, 1995

    Vintage

    224 pages

    RRP $27.99

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