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  • Published: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409058809
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 192

East, West




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.

  • Pub date: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409058809
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 192

About the Author

Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie is the author of thirteen previous novels – Grimus, Midnight’s Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown, The Enchantress of Florence, Luka and the Fire of Life, Two Years, Eight Months, and Twenty-Eight Nights, and The Golden House – and one collection of short stories: East, West. He has also published four works of non-fiction – Joseph Anton, The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands, and Step Across This Line – and co-edited two anthologies, Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. A former president of PEN American Center, Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for services to literature.

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Praise for East, West

“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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